In an unsurprising turn of events, Bem Angwe, the former national legal adviser of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), has officially stepped down from his role within the party. Angwe, who was also the party’s governorship candidate in Benue state during the previous general election, cited the presence of “crisis and confusion” within the party as key reasons behind his decision to part ways.
In a statement released on Sunday, Angwe revealed that he intends to refocus his efforts on his academic pursuits and his commitment to championing human rights protection and advancement across the nation. He stated, “Considering the recent unfortunate crisis and the confusion that has engulfed the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) at all levels and in accordance with the NNPP Constitution 2022 (as amended), I, on this day of 26th August, 2023, withdrew my membership of the NNPP.”
To ensure transparency, Angwe clarified that he had officially communicated his decision to withdraw his NNPP membership to the party Chairman of the Mbatyu NNPP Ward Executive Committee in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State.
Angwe also took the opportunity to extend his gratitude to fellow party members, supporters, and well-wishers from both his ward and the larger Benue State community. He acknowledged the steadfast support he received during his tenure with the NNPP and throughout his campaign as a gubernatorial candidate representing the party. In his statement, he remarked, “I wish to express my special appreciation to my Ward, LGA and State party Executive members, other party members, supporters and all my well-wishers throughout Benue State and Nigeria as a whole for the great support they accorded me while I was in the party and during my Governorship campaigns as a Gubernatorial Candidate on the platform of the party.”
In closing, Angwe expressed his gratitude to those who believed in him and stood by his side, as he embarks on this new chapter outside the NNPP. The departure of a prominent figure such as Angwe raises questions about the party’s future and its ability to address the internal issues that have prompted his departure. Only time will tell how the NNPP navigates through these challenging times.