A presidential aspirant on the platform of National Conscience Party (NCP), Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, has resigned his membership of the party.
Ikubese told journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital, that he was dumping the party as well as presidential aspiration on the platform of NCP, over what he called unconstitutional acts by the party’s leadership.
He said the national chairman and secretary of the party were demanding 7.4 million naira from each aspirant, which according to him contradicts its constitution.
“I am no longer NCP presidential aspirant due to the action of the national chairman and secretary of the party who mandated each aspirant to pay a sum of 7.4 million naira to secure the party’s ticket.
“This is totally contradictory to the party’s constitution which stipulates that intending candidates of the party should run without paying a dime.
“The National Chairman, Yunusa Tanko formally declared to run for the office of the President on the 23rd April 2018, without resigning his position as National Chairman. As at today, he doubles as the National Chairman and a Presidential Aspirant of the NCP to the disadvantage of any other Aspirant in the Party who will be “screened” by a committee that will ultimately report to him.
“He thus upholds the power to approbate and reprobate.
He called on members of the party to rescue the party in the spirt of its founder, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.
Ikubuese also said upon his leaving NCP, plans are underway to form a coalition of parties to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
He also stated further that talks are ongoing with other young presidential hopeful to galvanise ideas and present a united front.