CNPP condemns random cross-carpeting from one party to another by politicians

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By Ebere Suzy Okoye

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) on friday warned  politicians in the country to stop random cross-carpeting from one  political party to the other in the interest of our internal democracy.

Anambra State chairman of CNPP, Hon. Kate Oby Okafor who sounded this note of  warning yesterday at the state capital, Awka, during the inaugural  ceremony of the newly elected executive members of the state chapter,  said that CNPP would henceforth no longer condone the clandestine  activities of party members who have no regard for our laws and their  party manifestos.

Okafor who is also the state chairman of  Advanced Congress of Democrats, ACD, further warned that such defectors  should have a rethink as cross-carpeting to other political parties  without justifiable circumstance that is compelling enough to warrant  such a reckless defection had led to inter and intra party squabbles.

Insisting that such actions have amounted to rape of democratic principles,  Okafor contended that there is no family that is devoid of  misunderstanding, only that there shall be no resting place for  political opportunists.

She commended Governor Peter Obi for  providing enabling environment for some political parties in the state  to win some council seats in the just concluded council elections in the state, which she noted was last conducted about 13 years ago, stressing that Obi did not only accommodate the interest of other parties in the  said election, but also showed a sense of leadership and acceptance to  other registered parties by inviting political parties to some important functions of the government.

She attributed the emergence of Obi as the leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and its  Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, as a reward for his years of hard work in improving party politics and our fledgling democracy.

Highlights of the occasion includes the swearing-in of the newly elected executive members of the state chapter of CNPP, as well as paying of a courtesy  call on Governor Obi at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The  swearing-in ceremony was jointly performed by the National Leader of  CNPP and former Governor of Kaduna State during the second republic,  Alhaji Balarabe Musa and the Secretary-General of CNPP, Eze Willy  Ezugwu.

Among those sworn-in were the state chairman, Kate Okafor from ACD, vice chairman, Evans Sam Anidike from Mega Peoples  Progressive Party, MPPP and Secretary, Sir Peter Okala of the National  Conscience Party, NCP.

Others were Comrade Sam Anumba from ACPN,  Assistant Secretary; Dr. Patrick Dim from SDP, Treasurer; Chief Amechi  Obidike from APC, Financial Secretary; Chief Chetanna Udoka from ADC,  Publicity Secretary and Aaron Igweze from AD, Assistance Publicity  Secretary, among others.

During the courtesy call, Musa commended Obi for placing Anambra State in a steady path of progress and  development and urged him not to relent until his final handover date.

Responding, Governor Obi applauded Musa for remaining consistent with pursuing the  course he believes in, adding that coming together of all the political  parties, under the CNPP is essential to the development of democracy and to check some inflammatory statement of some parties that tend to  create crisis and anarchy and cause ethnic misunderstanding.


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