Joke taken too far, NNPP tells NDLEA

The New Nigeria People’s Party has condemned the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s demand for a drug integrity test on political aspirants, saying it is a travesty of constitutional rule and a joke taken too far.

The party made this known in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Agbo Major, to congratulate the faithful of Islam on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr.

The Chairman of NDLEA, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (Retired) had called on political parties to include drug integrity testing in the screening requirements of aspirants seeking to run for various political posts in the 2023 elections on their platforms.

The party, however, responded, “The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s recent proposal to test the integrity of drugs on aspirants vying for various positions in the 2023 general election is ill-conceived, a joke taken too far and a mockery of our fragile democracy.

“This is inconsistent with election laws and suggests that politicians are drug addicts who cannot be trusted to hold elected office. NNPP strongly condemns it and will not tolerate it. Any proposal outside of the clear provisions of the 1999 Constitution, Electoral Law, INEC guidelines and our Party Constitution is null and void.

The NNPP further called on state governments to pay all wages due to workers this month.

He says: “The era of beholden workers while senior civil servants live in the luxury of looted funds is over. The NNPP, if elected to power in the 2023 presidential poll, will make the welfare of working people, indeed the welfare of all Nigerians, a top priority.

“The NNPP demands the immediate payment of pensions and gratuities for the nation’s retirees. It is unfair, unfair and perverse to owe pensioners billions of naira because they spent their productive years in service to the motherland. This is unacceptable and despicable. The past labors of our heroes will not be in vain.

“About 85% of Nigerian workers are young people. The NNPP pays vibrant tribute to their patriotism, drive and passion for building a greater, united, prosperous and equal democratic nation. Nigerians are grateful for their contributions to our representative governance.

“The federal government should quickly resolve ongoing issues with the University Academic Staff Union and honor agreements with the union to end the protracted strike that has undermined the country’s educational advancement and led students to commit crimes, thus aggravating insecurity in the country.”

The party further called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, political parties and politicians to ensure a free, fair and inclusive government.

The party added: “The upcoming general elections in 2023 will be a watershed moment for Nigeria. The NNPP calls for issue-based campaigns and urges politicians to avoid the policies of bitterness and robbery that have plagued our fragile democracy.

“INEC’s neutrality is essential to the success of the elections. The party urges the election arbiter to ensure a level playing field for all political parties and their candidates in all elections. This is the only way to safeguard the nation’s hard-won democracy.

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