Dr Frederick Fasehun on Wednesday said he remained the bonafide National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), blaming the crisis facing the party on moles that were planted within it.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some persons in the UPN leadership had on Oct 13 announced the suspension of Fasehun as the party’s national chairman.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, Fasehun said that it had become clear that “the dissidents in the UPN were working with a well-financed mole of another party planted in-house to provoke implosion of UPN.
“However, we the loyal and patriotic members of the UPN National Executive Council have together determined that such agents provocateur shall never succeed in their evil scheme to destroy UPN.
“We are resolved to sustain and run the party. UPN will undergo a restructuring with positions peopled by officers who are ready to abide by the spirit and letter of the UPN constitution.
“Officers who are willing and capable of demonstrating the discipline, dignity and integrity established by the party’s founding patriarchs”, Fasehun said.
He said that he still had the party’s licence of registration by INEC in his custody.
According to him, the purported NEC meeting in which he was expelled did not conform to the UPN constitution.
“Article 111, Section 4 (2) of the UPN states that the Council shall meet once every quarter at such time and place as may be prescribed by the National Secretary on the directive of the National Chairman of the party.
“Also Article V, Section 1 (2) dictates that the National Secretary shall keep proper records of all proceedings and minutes of the meetings.
“He/She shall summon meetings at the direction of the chairman of the party.
“Clearly the proceedings leading to my suspension were illegal as it did not conform to the UPN constitution”, Fasehun said.
He raised alarm that “some paid agents of the dissidents in the party” were planning to launch attacks on UPN loyalists.
“We urge these strangers to embrace peace in their own interest, to drop any such idea and sheathe their swords”, he said.
Fasehun said that Mr Tony Prest had become the first aspirant of the UPN to pick its governorship nomination form for Delta State at N2.5 million.
NAN reports that some national executive members of the party from across the nation were at the briefing. (NAN)