By Jubril Bada
The crisis rocking the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, in Ondo State between the Chairman of the party, Peter Olagookun and the leaders of the party has taken a worse dimensions.
The leaders and party faithful from Central Senatorial District of the state threatened to dump the party.
The Hope gathered that the crisis was as a result of alleged misconduct and abuse of office on the part of Olagookun who was alleged to have unilaterally turned the party in the state to his family affairs.
In a statement issued and signed by Mr. Olaleye Oluwafemi on behalf of the leaders of the party, the leaders disassociated themselves from all the activities and decisions of the state Chairman .
In the statement, Olagookun was described as a selfish man who has turned the party to his personal affairs for selfish interest.
“We the aforementioned leaders in Ondo Central and other five local government areas of the state in NNPP wish to state unequivocally that we are disassociating ourselves from all the activities by the state Chairman, Peter Olagookun due to abuse of office and misconduct.
They appealed to the party’s National leadership and members of NNPP in the state to prevail on Olagookun to refrain from taking any action on behalf of the said local governments and Ondo Central henceforth.
Recall that the Secretary of the party in Ondo state, Adekunle Oluwayomi had recently tendered his registration letter.
Commenting on the crisis, the State Chairman of the party, Peter Olagookun dismissed the group of elders and leaders as suspended members who engaged in anti-party activities.
Olagookun said “This group of people are party members who have been suspended from the party due to anti-party activities.
“This is the election period, people are bound to come up with different strategies to have their ways in political activities.
“They are not known to us in New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Ondo State chapter. I am the state chairman and I know all members of our party.”