By Abba-Eku Onyeka
The Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) has sanctioned some of its members for allegedly working against the party, as it concluded all that is required by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the oncoming elections, the national chairman of the party, Garshon Benson has said.
The DPP also drawn the attention if President Muhammad Buhari to what it described as increasing insecurity in Nigeria.
The national chairman spoke to our reporter shortly after his party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at its national secretariat, Abuja.
The national chairman revealed that the DPP replaced its former presidential candidate, Chief John Ilongwu with Amb Philip Osakwe.
He said the party has also expelled its national secretary, Bala Gombe for alleged misconduct and anti party activities. Another person who was expelled from the party for alleged illegalities was the former Lagos state chairman, Otumba Edobido. The reason for his expulsion, according to the national chairman, was for having declared himself as the chairman of Ogun state chapter of the party at the death of the state chairman in 2015, informing that the chairman of the party in the state is Bolaji Sunday; declaring himself as the presidential candidate of the party in 2015 too; declaring his wife as the governorship candidate of the party; presently declaring himself as the presidential candidate of the party and collecting money from a lady and promising to give her ticket.
When asked, Garshon Benson said the decision of the NEC in line with the disciplinary committee to expel the erring members would not affect the party negatively, adding that it would give the party integrity in a move to maintain its slogan of Patriotism, Equity and Justice. “We believe in discipline, because without discipline, it can’t work,” he defended.
Among what they discussed, according to him was continued increase in insecurity in the country. He said Boko Haram has continued to kill innocent Nigerians, citing example of a red cross nurse, soldiers, among others; crises in various parts of the country including Benue, Plateau, Kaduna states and Abuja and environs where he informed that clash between security agencies and Shiite group has claimed lives of many.
The trend, according to the party, if not addressed would continue to affect the economy negatively as well as cause unemployment, with the reason that it is only an unreasonable investor that will risk his money in an unstable environment. These he said they called on the Buhari-led government to quickly address with seriousness.