The New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, says it is elated to formally receive Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano – Central) and his supporters into its fold.
Dr Boniface Aniebonam, the Founder and Spiritual Leader of NNPP, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
Recall that Shekarau alongside his many supporters on Wednesday, announced their defection from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the NNPP.
Mr Shekarau, who attributed his defection to an alleged sidelining by his former party, said he was sure of returning to the Senate for a second term on the platform of the NNPP.
Mr Aniebonam said that the party was thrilled by the influx of high-profile Nigerians into its fold.
He said: “Again, we welcome Sen. Shekarau and his followers and others who wish to join the NNPP.
“However, we insist that those who want to join us must believe in the doctrine of a new Nigeria of our dreams.”
According to him, the NNPP will ensure a level playing ground for all its members in the party’s primaries.
The founder said that the party was already in talks with some high-profile persons in Southern Nigeria, who would be joining the party soon.
He said their identities would be formally made known to Nigerians as soon as talks were concluded.
Mr Aniebonam also urged Nigerians and especially politicians who wanted to be part of the new order to join the NNPP “where equity, justice and fairness are our doctrine and watch word”.
He said that the NNPP which started 21 years ago, remained a movement and ready to take over the mantle of leadership in Nigeria.
Recall that the Deputy Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly and 14 members of the state assembly recently defected to the NNPP.
Also, three House of Representatives members and the Chief of Staff to Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, also recently defected to the NNPP.