By Yakubu Uba, Maiduguri.
The Borno State Urban Development Board unsealed the Maiduguri office of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) on Friday on the orders of Gov. Babagana Zulum.
The board invited the police to the office on Thursday to ensure the proper sealing of the party secretariat which, it said, contravened the law as it is sited in a residential area.
Gov. Zulum, however, overruled the board and argued that its action was “wrongly timed’’ as the NNPP presidential candidate, Dr Musa Kwankoso is scheduled to visit Borno and the party office on Saturday.
Confirming the reopening of the office, NNPP Chairman in Borno, Malam Mohammed Mustafa, said that Gov. Zulum’s intervention had brought smiles to the faces of members.
“We are now in our office making the necessary preparations to host our presidential candidate, Dr Musa Kwankoso on Saturday.
“Kwankwaso will be coming to commission the state office and hold talks with party stakeholders,’’ Mustafa said.
Special Adviser to Gov. Zulum on Communications and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, also confirmed in Maiduguri on Friday that the governor directed the immediate unsealing of the NNPP’s office.
“The people of Borno are aware that in the last three years, the board has been carrying out series of reforms.
“This has included the sealing of buildings belonging to individuals, corporate bodies and even some government institutions for non-compliance with Maiduguri’s town planning procedures.
“The board claimed to have acted in the same regard by sealing the NNPP’s headquarters for wrongful conversion of a residential building to a party office.
“Gov. Zulum, however, regarded the board’s action in the case of the NNPP’s office as that of wrong timing.
“Zulum believes that no matter the justification, the board’s decision is bound to be given political misinterpretation, which could heat up the polity and cause needless distractions.
“The governor believes that reversing the board’s decision as it affects the NNPP is in the overall public interest of peace,’’ Isa said.