The Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has disowned Ambrose Owuru, the candidate of the party in the 2019 presidential election, over the petition filed in the party’s name at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Haruna Yahaya-Shaba, HDP Deputy National Chairman, made the clarification in a statement he personally signed and was seen by journalists on Sunday.
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Yahaya-Shaba, who was also the vice presidential candidate of the party at the 2019 elections, said the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party did not approve Owuru’s legal action against the president.
The statement read: “We called an emergency NEC meeting to discuss very serious issues affecting our great Party.
“We have taken the decision to instruct our Lawyers to communicate the decision of the NEC to the Presidential Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
“In the last two weeks, I have been inundated with calls from many party members, including some NEC members, to explain the information that our party has filed a petition at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.”
Yahaya-Shaba noted that HDP was not the property of an individual and no member could, therefore, unilaterally take a decision without the approval of the appropriate authorities.
The statement read: “HDP is not a personal property of any individual. It is, therefore, illegal and unacceptable for any individual in the party to take such a unilateral decision without getting official approval of the Party.
“As the running mate of the party in the last presidential election, I, therefore, dissociate myself from this unilateral action.”
He also disclosed that the NEC of HDP had also constituted a seven-man committee to investigate allegations against Owuru that he allegedly received a substantial amount of money from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to file the petition.