Vice Presidential Candidate of Hope Democratic Party (HDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Haruna Yahaya-Shaba has dissociated himself from the purported legal action instituted by the presidential candidate of the party, Chief Ambrose Owuru.
Yahaya-Shaba, who is also the deputy national chairman of the party, disclosed this in a statement he personally signed and issued to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.
He said that he was working with other national executive committee members against the legal action taken by Owuru, disclosing that “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.”
He said many people were shocked and surprised when he explained that as the deputy national chairman and indeed, the vice presidential candidate of the HDP, he only heard of the news of filing petition at the tribunal from the media.
“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,” Yahaya-Shaba added.
He also disclosed that the national executive committee of HDP had also constituted a seven-man committee to investigate allegations against Owuru that he allegedly received substantial amount of money from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to institute the illegal petition.