We, the citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with shared political aspirations, values and vision for bringing about a reordering of the Nigerian body polity in order to attain the desired status in the comity of nations;
Recognizing the need to promote and preserve the unity, peace, progress and sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as well as rekindle in Nigerians a deep sense of patriotism with a view to engendering true federalism; Observing the need to mobilize all credible persons, professionals, youths, women and all Nigerians, with the fear of God, for the purpose of taking over the control of government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through democratic elections; Believing that it is the responsibility of Nigerians to ensure the repositioning of our great country under the fear of God, with total commitment; Building on the ideology of democratic liberalism, we shall positively impact on mechanized agriculture to guarantee surplus food production; rural development; manufacturing industries; energy; mining and Petro-chemical industry; iron and steel development; transportation with emphasis on rail-realization, airways and waterways; maintenance engineering, science and technology; telecommunications and information technology; labour employment and wages with emphasis on full employment; mass qualitative education; Medicare; housing and sustainable environment; development of women, youth, sports tourism, art and culture; sound monetary and fiscal policy; diversified economy; defence and national security; the police and maintenance of law and order; independent judiciary; international relations; responsible and responsive bureaucracy; security of lives and properties; as well as traditional institutions;
Do hereby solemnly RESOLVE
This day, to give unto ourselves this Constitution, having duly accepted that in all our conducts and deliberations, we shall be bound and directed by its provisions. The provisions of this Constitution shall be supreme to any other rules or regulations of the Party, which are inconsistent with the provisions, shall to the extent of such inconsistency be null and void.
This political Party shall be known, called and addressed as the NEW NIGERIA PEOPLE'S PARTY (NNPP) hereinafter referred to as "The Party".
The Motto of the Party shall be PEACE, EQUITY AND PROGRESS
NNPP- New Nigeria, New Nigeria, Progress
The emblem of the Party shall be a basket of food flanked by olive branches on the map of Nigeria, in green, white and blue stripes,
The registered headquarters of the Party shall be, located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory with offices in every State Capital,' Local Government Headquarters and Wards.
1. To uphold and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
2. To ensure adequate protection of lives and properties of every Nigerian within and outside Nigeria.
3. The attainment of political power through legitimate, democratic and Constitutional means for the purpose of building an egalitarian society predicated on the principles of equity, freedom and social justice.
4. To organize branches throughout the Federation, sponsor Candidates and canvass for votes for their election into all elective offices in all tiers of government.
5. To provide the basic necessities of life, i.e. qualitative mass education, free primary health care, food and water, housing, road, security, economic empowerment for all Nigerians.
6. To maintain and promote the secularism of the Nigerian State. Instill religious tolerance and mutual harmony among all Nigerians.
7. To undertake activities and adopt any measures or policies which shall be aimed at improving the general condition and well-being of all Nigerians.
8. To promote active participation of Nigerians in all sectors of the economy. Upholding and championing the inalienable rights of man as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human and Peoples Rights, the African Charter on Human Rights and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
9. To promote the unity and political stability of Nigeria by instituting the principle of power sharing and rotation of key public offices among the six geo-political zones of the country.
10. To foster, ensure and defend freedom of the press and the fundamental freedom and human rights of all Nigerians.
11. To promote the development of science and technology and bring to the benefit of Nigerians abundant opportunities of the global village.
12. Encouragement of the full development of the political, cultural, social and economic potentials of the Nigerian women and youths and creation of opportunities for empowerment.
13. To create access to information for sustenance of democracy.
14. To eliminate poverty, corruption, want, ignorance, discrimination of all kinds, and exploitation in our society,
15. To provide full and gainful employment for all Nigerians who are able, willing to work, and to secure for workers of all grades, full fruits and benefits of their labour.
16. To protect the interest of peasants, workers and farmers of Nigeria and strive to obtain for them the best returns for their labour.
17. The observance of open democratic process in all organs of the Party, government, state and to defend the sovereignty of the people.
18. The development of the Nigerian youth through the establishment and sustenance of social, cultural and sporting activities.
19. The development of leadership capable of effectively managing national institutions and resources, as well as create conditions for the development of the potentials of Nigerians.
20. To co-operate with Trade Union organizations and corporate movements in Nigeria with a view to developing and maintaining economic progress and harmony.
21. To co-operate with any institution or association for the purpose of achieving any of the objectives of the Party.
22. To create an enabling environment for the unfettered flourishing of professionalism in Nigeria.
23. To facilitate the devolution of political and administrative powers of the Federation, especially in respect of natural resources, education and agriculture, to the six geopolitical zones of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in order to create more viable federating units and to ensure the full realization and exploitation of the resources of the country.
7.1. ADMISSION INTO MEMBERSHIP
Membership of the Party shall be open to every Nigerian irrespective of place of origin or ethnic background or religion.
1. Membership of the Party shall be open to all Nigerians who are not below the age of 18 years, and who undertake to abide by the Constitution of the Party.
2. A register of members shall be kept at the Ward level of the Party to register members and the register shall be sent to the National Secretariat for electronically updating of the membership data base. The hard copy register shall not be removed from the Ward Secretariat.
3. The membership register maintained at the ward shall be authenticated by being signed by the Ward Chairman and counter-signed by the State Chairman.
4. A prospective member shall;
a. Register at his or her Ward of origin or where he or she ordinarily resides or carries on business; and
b. Pay the prescribed registration and other fees before admission into the Party.
5. Application for membership shall be considered by the Ward Executive Committee, which shall have power to accept or reject any application. Provided that any rejection shall be subject to review by the next higher organ of the Party at the States or National levels.
6. A membership card shall be issued to a registered member of the Party, which shall bear the photograph of the member.
7. The Membership cards shall be produced by the National Headquarters and authenticated by the National Chairman and/or National Secretary on the authority of the National Chairman and or as may be delegated.
1. A member of the Party shall be free to resign his/her membership at any time.
2. Upon resignation, a member shall be required to surrender all property of the Party in his/her possession to the appropriate registered office of the Party and obtain clearance to that effect from his/her State secretariat.
1. Membership of the Party shall be terminated by death, resignation or expulsion.
2. Where any member of the Party became aggrieved and or dissatisfied with any decision taken by the Party he or she may have the right to ventilate his grievance to the National Executive committee.
3. A Party member who is aggrieved with the decision taken in respect of his/her matter shall first exhaust his/her difference with the internal reconciliatory organ before resorting elsewhere, otherwise, or failure to comply with same stands void.
4. Only the National Convention or the National Executive Committee shall have power to expel a member from the Party.
1. A person who desires to rejoin the Party after leaving it shall,
a. Apply to his Ward Secretary for re-admission; and
b. Unless, given waiver by the National Working Committee, be placed on probation for a period of not less than a year.
2. Subject to the provision of Section 8(b), a member on probation shall have the right to attend all meetings of the Party, but shall not be entitled to vote at such meetings, nor shall he be eligible to contest for elective office on the platform of the Party.
3. Members shall pay their monthly subscription fees at the Ward level, which must be reflected on their membership cards, and where a member consistently fails to pay his subscription fees for six months, such membership will be deemed to have lapsed.
4. The Party membership register shall be computerized to ensure control and to avoid fraud, and all Ward registers shall be closed five months to Congresses.
a. Procedure and processes of keeping membership records shall be standardized such that there is uniform way of keeping and preserving records at all levels of the Party. The master record shall be maintained at the National Secretariat while periodic. Updates should be submitted by the State or Local Government chapters through the State Chairman of the Party of each respective State.
5. Party members should ensure that they verify their names before the closure of Ward registers; and authentication or recertification by the Ward Chairmen and/or Secretaries should take place before nomination processes begin. The membership cards and registers shall be classified as Party security documents.
1. Without prejudice to the provisions of this Constitution, any member who fails to renew his membership by payment of the annual subscription fees within 6 months after due date shall cease to enjoy the rights and privileges of membership and if in default for upward of 12 months shall cease to be a member of the Party.
2. Any member who loses his membership on account of failure to pay his dues or to meet any other financial obligations shall resume membership only on the payment of all outstanding dues and penalties.
3. Any Party member who loses his membership for reasons other than non- payment of annual subscription may be readmitted on the recommendation of his Ward Executive Committee, through the Local Government Area Executive Committee, to the State Chapter of the Party, and ultimately made to the National Working. Committee, subject to ratification by the National Executive Committee.
1. A person who has earlier decamped from the Party but later decides to return to the Party shall lose the seniority and privileges conferred on him by his previous status.
RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF MEMBERS
a. Take full, active and constructive part in the discussion, formulation and implementation of the policies and programmes of the Party.
b. Offer constructive criticisms of any policy, activity or programme of the Party.
c. Receive and disseminate information on all aspects of policies programme and activities.
d. Submit proposals or statements to the Ward, Local, State, or National Executive Committees, provided such proposals or statements are submitted in accordance with the appropriate rules and regulations of the Party.
e. Take part in elections and be elected or appointed to any Committee, Commission or delegation of the Party subject to such conditions as may be directed by the Party.
a. A member of the Party shall Belong to and take an active part in the life of his branch.
b. Take all necessary steps to understand, propagate and execute aims and objectives of the Party.
c. Ensure that he/she is registered as a voter in the Constituency where he/she resides.
d. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution be eligible to vote and be voted for at Party meetings and elections.
e. Endeavour to acquaint himself or herself with the cultural, economic and social problems of the country.
f. Pay such fees, levies and dues as may be prescribed from time to time by the National Convention or by any other organ of the Party authorized to do so.
g. Combat propaganda detrimental to the Party and defend the policies and programme of the Party.
h. Oppose ethnic, gender discrimination, political and religious intolerance or any other form of discrimination.
i. Observe discipline, behave honestly and carry out loyally all decisions of the majority and higher organs of the Party.
j. Refrain from publishing and distributing to the media any articles purporting to be the view of any faction or tendency within the Party without due authorization.
k. Upon enrolment a member shall be deemed to have accepted to refrain from acts of sabotage against the Party.
I. Be loyal to the Party by observing its rules and regulations and not to do anything that is inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution and the manifesto of the Party.
For purpose of organization, the Party shall operate at the following levels (in descending order) namely:
4. Local Government Area (L.G.A)
The following shall constitute the organs of the Party:
1. The National Convention
2. Board of Trustees
3. The National Executive Committee
4. The Zonal Executive Committee
5. The State Congress
6. The State Executive Committee
7. The Senate Congress
8. The House of Representatives Congress
9. The Local Government Area Congress
10. The Local Government Area Executive Committee
11. The House of Assembly Congress
12. The Ward Executive Committee
There shall be a National Convention of the Party which shall consist of
a. The National Chairman of the Party, who shall be the Chairman of the Convention and other members of the National Executive Committee;
b. The President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who are members of the Party;
c. Members of the National Assembly, who are members of the Party;
d. State Governors and deputy Governors who are members of the Party
e. All elected gubernatorial candidates of the Party who have won the primaries shall be automatic delegates to the convention.
f. Principal Officers of the State Houses of Assembly who are Members of the Party;
g. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of each state who shall emerge through an election conducted within themselves
h. All state Party chairmen, including those of the Federal Capital Territory
i. Former members of the National Working Committee who are still members of the Party; and
j. Former Principal Officers and past Members of the National Assembly who are Members of the Party.
k. Former Principal Officers of the State Houses of Assembly who are Members of the Party.
l. National Delegates elected at the Local Government Congresses (For elective conventions only).
a. Without prejudice to the above foregoing provisions, the first National Convention shall be composed of 20 delegates from each State Congress on the basis of equality and one representative from each Federal Constituency. The Protem National Chairperson of the Party shall have powers to summon the first Convention, provided that subsequent Convention shall be summoned by the National Chairperson of the Party, or by two-third (2/3) majority decision of the National Executive Committee.
b. Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 10.1 (a) the number of delegates for subsequent convention shall be predicated on the gravity and Importance of the matter for such Convention to take a decision on.
a. The National Convention shall be the supreme and controlling authority of the Party within the limits prescribed in this Constitution and it shall be the principal representative, policy making and administering body of the Party.
b. Except in the exercise of the functions granted only to other bodies as specified in this Constitution or in the regulations made pursuant to the provisions of this Constitution, the National Convention shall have supremacy in all matters pertaining to the Party and all officers and organs of the Party shall be bound in the exercise of their functions by the decisions of the National Convention.
c. The policies of the Party derived from the resolutions of the National Convention shall be amended or revoked only by a subsequent resolution of the National Convention.
d. The National Convention shall have and exercise authority to: .
i. Formulate policies and programmes for the Party.
ii. Elect or remove the National Officers of the Party as the case may be;
iii. Elect the Presidential Candidate of the Party;
e. Demand and receive reports from the National Executive Committee and from any other Committees or organs of the Party and take appropriate action on such reports;
f. Appoint such Committees, as it may deem necessary, desirable or expedient and assign to them such powers and functions as it may deem fit;
g. Examine the actions taken or legislation proposed by any Government under its control whether Federal, State or Local Government Council and ensure that they are in conformity with the policies and programmes of the Party;
h. At all elections, secure the return of as many Party Candidates as possible in a manner consistent with the laws of the land;
i. Consider reports from the States and Local Government branches of the Party and take such decisions and actions as may be necessary to protect, advance and consolidate the gains and interest of the Party;
j. Raise adequate funds for the management and sustenance of the Party;
k. Exercise control and take disciplinary action against all officers and members of the Party;
I. Determine the type and membership of Standing Committees to be setup by the National Executive Committee;
m. Review and amend the Constitution of the Party, from time to time, as the need arises and the power of the National Convention to propose amendments to the Constitution shall not be delegated;
n. Delegate any of its powers, except the power to amend the Constitution, to the National Executive Committee or to any other organ of the Party;
o. Take such other actions as may aid or facilitate the realization of the objectives of the Party;
p. Appoint external Auditors to audit the Party's accounts;
q. Determine the minimum rate of annual subscription to be paid by members and the proportion of income from such subscription to be remitted to the National Secretariat of the Party;
r. Review, ratify, alter- or rescind any decision taken by any of the constituent bodies, units or officials of the Party; and
s. Exercise such other powers and authority not inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution as shall aid or facilitate the realization of the objectives of the Party.
1. The quorum of the National Convention shall be two-third of its membership and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
2. The National Convention to elect Party's Candidates for elected positions shall meet every four years and shall alternate with the National Party Conference which shall hold bi-annually;
3. The National Conference shall hold bi-annually for the purpose of reviewing the performance of the Party in governance at all levels.
4. The National Convention shall determine its own procedure in accordance with democratic principles;
5. A Special National Convention may be convened at any time at the instance of the National Executive Committee or if requested for by two third of all State Congresses and the Special National Convention shall meet to discuss only special matters which shall be specified in the notice summoning the Convention.
6. Voting on key issues at the National Convention shall be by secret ballot.
Establishment and Composition:
1. There shall be a Board of Trustees of the Party (BOT) which shall consist of;
(a) All past and serving Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who held or hold the respective posts' as members of the Party and who are still members of the Party.
(b) All past and serving National Chairmen, Deputy National Chairmen, and National Secretaries of the Party, who are still members of the Party.
(c) All past and serving Presidents of the Senate and Speakers of the House of Representatives, who are still members of the Party.
(d) All founding members and promoters of the Party in each State of the federation and shall not exceed the number of local governments in the respective state. Such appointment shall be ratified by the National Executive committee of the Party Provided that membership of the Board of Trustee shall reflect the Federal Character principle of Nigeria.
2. The Board of Trustees shall.
(a) Elect a Chairman and Secretary in each State of the federation from its members, of which the Chairman shall also be a member of the National Board of Trustees.
(b) Without prejudice to the provision of this Constitution, ensure that the person to be elected Chairman and Secretary respectively are of proven integrity and have contributed immensely to the growth of the Party.
(c) Ensure that the Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees shall subject to Section 17 (1) of this Constitution, serve a term of four years and are also eligible to recontest if interested.
(3) A person shall qualify for membership into the board of Trustees if he or she;
a. is a registered card carrying member of the Party for not less than two years consecutively;
b. has been paying his annual subscription fees as when due
c. has attained and or not less than 25 years of age,
d. Is a person of integrity
(4) Without prejudice to the provisions of Section (17) of this Constitution, all members of the Board of Trustees shall serve a term four years and are eligible to recontest if interested.
(5) The Board of Trustees shall, subject to the provision of this constitution
(a) ensure highest standards of morality in all the activities of the Parties by acting as the conscience of the Party, with power to call to order any officer of the Party whose conduct falls below the norms;
(b) ensure high morale of members of the Party and that the Party enjoys a good image before the Nigerian populace and is in good health.
(c) harmonize, co-ordinate, review and advise on policies, programmes and activities of the Party at the national level;
(d) co-ordinate the sourcing of Party funds;
(e) be vested with assets of the Party and shall serve as custodians of such assets;
(f) mediate in disputes between the Executive and Legislative arms of Government;
(g) offer advice on Party matters to the National Executive Committee the National of the Party;
(h) attend any meetings of any other organs of the Party except the National Executive Working Committee; and
(i) undertake any other functions and activities as may be referred to it by the National Executive Committee or the National Convention.
(6) The Board of Trustees shall regulate its own proceedings and
shall draw up a code of conduct for its members. Removal and Resignation
(7) A member of the Board of Trustees shall;
(a) be removed from office by a resolution of the National Convention on the recommendations of the National Executive Committee on . grounds of infirmity of body or mind or misconduct, or
(b) if he resigns his membership of the Board of Trustees by tendering a letter to that effect to the Chairman of the Party.
(8) without prejudice to the provisions of this constitution, a member of the Board of Trustees shall lose his membership of the Board.
(i) he is expelled from the Party; or
(ii) he is removed from the appointive or elective office which made an automatic member of the Board of Trustees under this constitution.
(9) fresh selection shall be made to fill any vacancy in the Board of Trustees where applicable.
(10) The Board of Trustees shall meet at the instance of the Chairman or at the request of half of the of the members of the Board or following a resolution of the Board or the National Executive Committee requesting for such a meeting
(11) The quorum for the Board of Trustees meeting shall be two-third of its members drawn from at least two third of the States in the Federation, and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
There shall be a national Executive Committee which shall consist of;
a. National Chairperson
b. Deputy National Chairperson
c. Six (6) National Vice Chairpersons (representing the 6 geopolitical zones)
d. National Secretary
e. Deputy National Secretary
f. 6 Assistant National Secretaries (representing the 6 geopolitical zones)
g. National Treasurer
h. Deputy National Treasurer
I. National Financial Secretary
j. Deputy National Financial Secretary
k. National Publicity Secretary
I. Deputy National Publicity Secretary
m. National Organizing Secretary
n. Deputy National Organizing Secretary
o. National Auditor
p. Deputy National Auditor
q. National Legal Adviser
r. Deputy National Legal Adviser
s. National Welfare Secretary
t. Deputy National Welfare Secretary
u. National Women Leader
v. Deputy National Women Leader
w. National Youth Leader
x. Deputy National Youth Leader (Male)
y. Deputy National Youth Leader (Female)
z. National Leader of persons living with Disabilities
za. Deputy National Leader of persons living with Disabilities
zb. National Officer Liaison with Corporate Bodies, Association, Groups and Unions
zc. Deputy National Officer Liaison with Corporate Bodies, Association, Groups and Unions
zd. The Chairpersons of the Party in 36 States of the Federation
ze. Six (6) ex-officious (representing the 6 geopolitical zones)
The Chairperson of the Party in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory
a. Convene the National Convention and appoint a Convention Organizing Committee which shall circulate Convention information in advance and ensure that the concerns of the membership are reflected on the Agenda.
b. Carry out the decisions and instructions of the National Convention.
c. Supervise and direct the work of the Party and all its organs including the National, Zonal, state and Local Government organs.
d. Ensure that all the organs of the Party function democratically and effectively.
e. Where necessary, dissolve a State Executive Committee and appoint a Care- Taker Committee to run the Party until another Executive Committee is elected, provided that the period from the dissolution to the election of the new Executive Committee shall not exceed 6 months.
f. Prepare reports and budgets for approval by the National Convention.
g. Initiate policies and programmes for approval by the National Convention.
h. Consider appeals and other matters referred to it by the zones or states of the Federation.
i. Make rules for Party discipline which shall be binding on all organs and members of the Party.
j. Subject to the provisions of this constitution, make Party electoral regulations to govern the conduct of elections to all Party offices at every level and regulate procedure for selecting the Party candidates for elective offices;
k. Ratify the conditions of service of the employees of the Party in accordance with the Establishment Manual.
I. Make standing orders for approval by the National Convention.
m. Deal with any other matters referred to it by the National Convention or the Board of Trustees;
n. Establish departments and set up ad-hoc or standing committees of the Party.
o. Manage and control all the assets and property of the Party wherever they maybe.
p. Examine the actions, policies, programs and legislations proposed by the federal or state governments produced by the Party and take measures to ensure that they are in accordance with the principles, policies, programs, objectives and manifesto of the Party and make necessary recommendations or take any appropriate actions.
q. Grant waivers to deserving new members of the Party to enable them contest for Party positions and to become eligible to contest or stand for election into public office on the platform of the Party by suspending the provisions of Articles 13(2) and 19 of (3) the Constitution of the Party.
1. The National Executive Committee shall meet at least once in every quarter at the instance of the National Party Chairman or at the request of two- third of its membership, who shall notify the Chairman at least seven days prior to the meeting; and an emergency meeting be summoned by the National Chairman having regard to all the circumstances of the agenda.
2. The quorum of the National Executive committee shall be two-third of the membership drawn from at least two-third of the zones in the Federation, and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
There shall be a Zonal Working Committee which shall consist of;
a. The National Vice Chairman from the Zone, who shall be the Chairman;
b. The President or Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; who are members of the Party from the Zone;
c. Members of the National Assembly from the Zone who are members of the Party.
d. The State Governors and Deputy Governors from the Zone, if members of the Party.
e. Members of the National Executive Committee from the Zone.
f. Members Board of Trustees from the Zone.
g. The Speaker, Deputy Speaker Party Leader and Party Whip in the State Houses of Assembly in the Zone, who are members of the Party;
h. The Zonal Secretary, who is the Assistant National Secretary, shall be the Secretary of the Committee;
i. The State Chairmen, State Secretaries, Treasurers, Women Leaders and Youth Leaders of the Party from the Zone;
j. The Zonal Treasurer;
k. Zonal Organizing Secretary;
I. The Zonal Financial Secretary;
m. The Zonal Publicity Secretary;
n. The Zonal Women Leader
o. The Zonal Youth Leader;
p. One ex-officio member from each of the states in the zone
q. All National Excos from the zone;
r. All state chairman from the zone;
s. Members of the board of trustees from the zone
t. Zonal Leader of Persons living with Disabilities
u. Zonal Officer Liason with Corporate Bodies, Associations, Groups and Unions
v. National Delegates from the Zone elected at the Local Government Congresses (for elective congresses only)
Functions: The functions of the Zonal Executive Committee shall be to:
a. Harmonize, co-ordinate and review all activities of the Party within the zone;
b. Establish ad-hoc or standing committees of the Party within the zone;
c. Prepare agenda for and summon meetings of the Zonal Congress;
d. Prepare reports and budgets for the consideration of the zonal congress; and
e. Carry out any other functions assigned to it by the National Executive Committee.
a. The Zonal Executive Committee shall meet not less than once in every quarter at the instance of the National Vice Chairman provided that two third of the members of the Committee shall have power to summon an extra-ordinary meeting.
b. (4) The quorum of the Zonal Executive Committee shall be onethird of the membership of the Committee drawn from at least two-third of the States in the zone and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
There shall be a State Party Congress which shall consist of:
a. The State Chairman, who shall be the Chairman;
b. The President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who are members of the Party from the state;
c. The Governor, Deputy Governor of the State if members of the Party;
d. Members of the Board of Trustees
e. Members of the National and Zonal Executive Committees from the State;
f. Members of the State Executive committee;
g. The members of the National Assembly from the State and the members of the State House of Assembly, who are members of the Party;
h. All elected Local Government Council Chairmen and Vice Chairmen who are members of the Party;
i. All Local Government Chairmen of the Party in the state;
j. Without prejudice to the foregoing, the FCT shall be considered as a State in the federation and operate mutatis mutandis therewith.
Functions: The functions of the State Congress shall be to:
a. Approve the budget of the State Branch of the Party.
b. Implement the decisions of the National Executive Committee of the Party for electing candidates into elective positions.
c. Receive reports from officers of the Party; and
d. Receive the Auditor's report.
a. The State Congress shall meet once in every two years oil a date and at a venue to be determined by the State Executive Committee provided that the State Congress shall be held before the National Convention.
b. The quorum of the State Congress shall be two-third of the members drawn from the three Senatorial Districts of the State and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
Without prejudice to the provisions of this Constitution, the first State "Congress shall be composed of twenty (20) members elected from each.
Local Government Area and members of the Protem Executive Committee of the Party. The Protem Chairperson shall have powers to summon the first Congress of the Party provided that subsequent Convention shall be summoned by the State Chairperson of the Party or
by two-third (2/3) majority decision of the State Executive Committee
There shall be a State Executive Committee which shall consist of;
a. State Chairperson
b. State Deputy Chairperson
c. Three (3) State Vice Chairpersons (representing the 3 senatorial zones)
d. State Secretary
e. Assistant State Secretary
f. State Treasurer
g. Assistant Treasurer
h. State Financial Secretary
i. Assistant State Financial Secretary
j. State Publicity Secretary
k. Assistant State Publicity Secretary
l. State Organizing Secretary
m. Deputy State Organizing Secretary
n. State Internal Auditor
o. State Legal Adviser
p. Deputy Legal Adviser
q. State Welfare Secretary
r. Assistant Welfare Secretary
s. State Women Leader
t. Deputy State Women Leader
u. Three (3) Zonal Women leaders (representing the 3 senatorial , zones)
v. State youth Leader
w. Deputy State youth Leader
x. Three (3) Assistant Youth leaders (representing the 3 senatorial zones)
y. State Leader of Persons living with Disabilities
z. Deputy State Leader of Persons living with Disabilities
za. State Officer Liaison with Corporate Bodies, Associations, Groups and Unions
zb. Deputy State Officer Liaison with Corporate Bodies, Associations, Groups and Unions
zc. Three (3) ex-officios (representing the 3 senatorial zones) without prejudice to the foregoing, the FCT shall be considered a state for the purposes of this constitution.
There shall be a Local Government Area Congress which shall consist of:
a. The Local Government Chairman of the Party and other members of the Local Government Area Executive Committee;
b. All the National, Zonal and State Executive Committee members of the Party from the Local Government Area;
c. The elected Local Government Council Chairman, Vice Chairman and Councilors, who are members of the Party;
d. All members of the National and State House of Assembly from the Local Government Area, who are members of the Party;
e. Members of the Board of Trustees/National Delegates from the Local Government Area;
f. All Chairmen of the Ward Executive Committees from the Local Government Area;
g. Elected political office holders from the Local Government Area, who are members of the Party.
The functions of the Local Government Area Congress shall be to:
a. Recommend guidelines for electing members to the Local Government Executive Committee of the Party;
b. Elect Local Government Council Chairmanship Candidates of the Party;
c. Ratify Local Government delegates to the State and National Convention;
d. Approve the budget of the Party at the Local Government level; and
e. Receive the Local Government Auditor's Report.
a. The meetings of the Local Government Area Congress shall be held not less than once a year.
b. The Chairman of the Local Government Committee shall summon the Local Government Area Congress.
There shall be a Local Government Executive Committee which shall consist of:
a. Local Government Chairperson
b. Three (3) Local Government Vice Chairpersons
c. Local Government Secretary
d. Deputy Local Government Secretary
e. Local Government Treasurer
f. Deputy Local Government Treasurer
g. Local Government Financial Secretary
h. Deputy Local Government Financial Secretary
i. Local Government Publicity Secretary
j. Deputy Local Government Publicity Secretary
k. Local Government Organizing Secretary
I. Deputy Local Government Organizing Secretary
m. Local Government Legal Adviser
n. Deputy Local Government Legal Adviser
o. Local Government Welfare Secretary
p. Deputy Local Government Welfare Secretary
q. Local Government Women Leader'
r. Deputy Local Government Women Leader
s. Local Government Youth Leader
t. Deputy Local Government Youth Leader (Male)
u. Deputy Local Government Youth Leader (Female)
v. Local Government Leader of Persons with Disabilities
w. Deputy Local Government Leader of Persons with Disabilities
x. Local Government Officer Liaison with Corporate Bodies, Associations, Groups and Unions
y. Deputy Local Government Officer Liaison with Corporate Bodies, Associations, Groups and Unions
z. Three (3) ex-officios
The functions of the Local Government Executive Committee shall be to:
a. Identify and resolve political, social and economic issues of concern to the Local Government area;
b. Receive and implement reports from the wards on:
ii. Fund raising
iii. Strategies for political campaigns and electoral success, and
iv. Mobilization of voters;
c. Provide strategies for effective communication between the wards and the local government area;
d. Undertake general administration of the Party in the local government area;
e. Implement the decisions of the Local Government Congress and other higher organs of the Party; and
f. Employ all Secretarial staff for the Local Government branch of the Party.
I. The Local Government Executive Committee shall meet not less than twice a month.
ii. The meetings shall be summoned by the chairman.
iii. An extra-ordinary meeting of the Local Government Executive Committee shall be held if requested for, by two-third of the members of the Local Government Executive Committee and such a meeting shall be held within seven days of the request.
v. The quorum of the Local Government Executive Committee shall be one- third of its membership drawn from at least two-third of the Wards in the Local Government Area and a simple majority shall pass a motion.
There shall be a Ward Executive Committee which shall consist of:
There shall be a Local Government Executive Committee which shall consist of:
a. Ward Chairperson
b. Three (3) Ward Vice Chairpersons
c. Ward Secretary
d. Deputy Ward Secretary
e. Ward Treasurer
f. Deputy Ward Treasurer
g. Ward Financial Secretary
h. Deputy Ward Financial Secretary
i. Ward Publicity Secretary
j, Deputy Ward Publicity Secretary
k. Ward Organizing Secretary
I. Deputy Ward Organizing Secretary
m. Ward Legal Adviser
n. Deputy Ward Legal Adviser
o. Ward Welfare Secretary
p. Deputy Ward Welfare Secretary
q. Ward Women Leader I
r. Deputy Ward Women Leader
s. Ward Youth Leader
t. Deputy Ward Youth Leader (Male)
u. Deputy Ward Youth Leader (Female)
v. Ward Leader of Persons Living with Disabilities
w. Deputy Ward Leader of Persons Living with Disabilities
x. Ward Officer Liaison with Corporate Bodies, Associations, Groups and Unions
y. Deputy Ward Officer Liaison with Corporate Bodies, Associations, Groups and Unions
z. Three (3)ex-officios
FUNCTIONS; The function of the Ward Executive Committee shall be
a. administration of the Party at the ward level;
b. raising funds for the Party;
c. membership drive for the Party;
d. drawing up strategies for political campaigns;
e. mobilizing voters for the Party;
f. Implement the decisions of the Ward Congress and other organs of the Party;
a. Receiving the ward auditor's report; and
b. Perform such other functions as may be in the interest of the Party, and as may, from time to time, be assigned to it by higher organs of the Party.
a. The Ward Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month.
b. Meetings of the Ward Executive Committee shall be summoned by the Ward Chairman
c. An extra-ordinary meeting of the Ward Executive Committee shall be held if requested by at least two-third of the members of the Ward Executive committee or if requested by one-third of the registered members of the Ward and such a meeting shall be held within seven days of the request.
d. The quorum at Ward Executive Committee meeting shall be one-third (1/3) of its membership and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
1. In recognition of the peculiar nature of the Nigerian state, powers shall be devolved to the six geopolitical Zones of the Federation. Consequently, the Zones shall have partial autonomy and to exercise this power by having the authority to Run their administration and finances under the control and supervision of the National Vice Chairman and its Zonal Executives.
2. To generate revenues in accordance with the provisions of our Party's Constitution.
3. Whatever revenue generated shall be disbursed and managed with the National Headquarters on 60/30 basis. Sixty percent for the affected zone and 30 percent for the National Headquarters. While 10% shall be kept in the' Party's account for contingencies of the Party.
NATIONAL OFFICERS: There shall be the National Officers of the Party, who shall be men and women of integrity and demonstrable competence and shall perform the functions assigned to them in the constitution of the Party which shall not contradict the Nigerian constitution.
12.1 THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN SHALL;
a. Summon and preside over the meetings of the National Convention, the National Executive Committee, the National Caucus and the National Working Committee of the Party;
b. Provide firm and effective leadership and direct the activities of the Party under the overall supervision of the National Executive Committee;
c. Promote and defend the integrity, policies and programs of the Party and make pronouncements for and on behalf of the National Executive Committee outlining the policies, programs and activities of the Party;
d. Assign specific functions to any member or officer of the Party;
e. Delegate his powers to the Deputy National Chairman;
f. Cast votes if and when necessary.
g. Present to the National Convention a comprehensive statement of the State of the Party and the political situation generally;
h. Ensure strict compliance with the provisions of this Constitution and do all such other things as shall promote the growth and welfare of the Party;
a. Assist the National Chairman in the discharge of his duties;
b. Deputize for the National Chairman in the latter's absence; and
c. Perform such other Party functions as may be assigned to him.
12.3 THE NATIONAL VICE CHAIRPERSONS (representing the six (6) zones) SHALL:
a. Preside over zonal meetings.
b. Recommend and Appoint the zonal executives and coordinate the activities of the Party at the zonal levels.
c. Carry out all duties assigned to him/her by the National Chairperson, or the National Executive Committee.
12.4 THE NATIONAL SECRETARY SHALL;
a. Supervise the Party's day-to-day administration.
b. Ensure the implementation of the decisions and directives of the National Convention and National Executive Committee.
c. Issue notice of, and, make effective arrangements for, meetings of the National Convention, the National Executive Committee, on the directive of the National Chairperson.
d. Keep an accurate record of all the proceedings at the National Convention and National Executive Committee.
e. Render a written annual report on the activities of the Party.
f. Carry out other duties that may be assigned to him/her from time to time by the Party.
g. Create directorate of archives and, library whose director will be responsible to the National Secretary.
12.5 DEPUTY NATIONAL SECRETARY SHALL
a. Assist in the discharge of the functions of the National Secretary in the latter's absence.
b. Perform all such other duties as may be assigned to him from time to time by the National Secretary.
12.6 ASSISTANT NATIONAL SECRETARIES: (Representing the Six (6) Geo-political Zones) SHALL:
a. Keep an accurate record of proceedings at Zonal meeting; and
b. Perform any other duties as may be assigned to them by the National Vice Chairperson of their Zones.
12.7 THE NATIONAL TREASURER SHALL:
1. Ensure that all revenues and expenses of the Party are properly accounted for:
2. Advise the National Executive Committee on financial matters.
3. Be a signatory to the Party's bank account
4. Ensure that all monies paid to the Party are duly receipted for and deposited in approved bank accounts of the Party not later than 24 hours after collection.
5. Keep a general imprest account, the limit of which shall be determined by the National Executive Committee.
6. Pay all monies duly approved by the National Chairperson.
7. Prepare and submit to the National Executive Committee a quarterly statement of accounts of the Party.
12.8 THE DEPUTY NATIONAL TREASURER SHALL:
a. Assist the Treasurer in the performance of his/ her duties.
b. Act as Treasurer in the latter's absence.
12.9 THE NATIONAL FINANCIAL SECRETARY SHALL:
a. Collect and keep proper records of all dues, levies, subscriptions etc. belonging to the Party.
b. Hand over all such monies to the National Treasurer to bank within 24 hours of collection.
c. Be a signatory to the Party's bank account
d. Prepare and submit proposals for raising of Party funds for the consideration of the National Executive Committee.
12.10 THE DEPUTY NATIONAL FINANCIAL SECRETARY SHALL:
a. Assist the National Financial Secretary and act for him/her in his/her absence.
12.11 THE NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY SHALL:
a. Be responsible for the public relations and publicity activities of the Party;
b. Be the principal image manager of the Party;
c. Advise the Party on media matters;
d. Publicize the policies and programmes of the Party.
12.12 THE DEPUTY NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY SHALL:
a. Assist the National Publicity Secretary and act for him/her in his/her absence.
12.13 THE NATIONAL ORGANIZING SECRETARY SHALL
a. Research and strategize for the Party
b. Proffer solutions to contemporary issues
c. Planning and execution of workshops and seminars for the Party
d. Reviewing of Party policies and programmes
e. Any other assignment relating to strategy and planning
12.14 THE NATIONAL INTERNAL AUDITOR SHALL:
a. Audit the books of the Party quarterly and submit written audit reports to the National Executive Committee.
b. Conduct other checks and balances on the finances, assets and liabilities of the Party as may be directed from time to time by the National Chairperson, National Executive Committee or National Convention.
12.15 THE NATIONAL LEGAL ADVISER SHALL:
a. Be responsible for giving legal advice to the Party.
b. Arrange for the conduct of litigation and defense on behalf of the Party, including its organs, officers and officials where the subject of litigation pertains to Party's interest.
12.16 DEPUTY NATIONAL LEGAL ADVISER SHALL:
a. Assist the Legal Adviser and act for him/her in his/her absence.
12.17 THE NATIONAL WOMEN LEADER SHALL be responsible for:
a. Mobilizing and organizing women;
b. Initiating and implementing strategic programmes and policies aimed at endearing the Party to Nigerian women; and
c. Coordinating the activities of the Zonal and State Woman' Leaders.
12.18 THE DEPUTY NATIONAL WOMEN LEADER SHALL
a. assist the National Woman Leader in the discharge of her duties; and shall deputize for her in her absence.
12.19 THE NATIONAL YOUTH LEADER SHALL be responsible for;
a. Mobilizing the youth for the attainment of the objectives of the Party;
b. Initiating and implementing strategic programmes and policies aimed at endearing the Party to the Nigerian youth; and
c. Co-coordinating the activities of the Zonal and State Youth Leaders.
12.20 THE DEPUTY NATIONAL YOUTH LEADER SHALL
a. deputize for the National Youth Leader in the discharge of his or her duties, and shall deputize for him in his absence.
12.21 EX-OFFICIOS SHALL
b. Perform any duties assigned to them by the zonal chairmen and/or the national executive committee. All ex-officios shall have voting rights at meeting once appointed or elected.
These functions shall apply mutatis mutandis to other levels of the Party structure in the zonal, states, local government area and ward levels.
However, only three vice chairmen are allowed for the state based on senatorial districts and three for the Local Government and ward level based on districts and poling units respectively.
In the event of a vacancy occurring in any of the Party positions either by resignation, death, removal or incapacitation due to ill health, unsoundness of the mind, bankruptcy or conviction, the office shall be filled in the manner as follows:
a. In the case of a National/Zonal Officer, the State Executive Committee shall propose a replacement to the State Congress and Zonal Executive Committee for endorsement. Thereafter, the name shall be forwarded to the National Working Committee for onward forwarding to the National Executive Committee for approval.
b. In the case of State Officer, the Local Government/Area Council Executive Committee shall propose a replacement to the Local Government/Area Council Congress for endorsement. Thereafter, the name shall be forwarded to the State Executive Committee for approval.
c. In the case of Local Government/Ward Officer, the Local Government Executive Committee shall propose a replacement to the Local Government Congress for endorsement and thereafter the name shall be forwarded to the State Executive Committee for approval
NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION INTO PUBLIC OFFICES
13.1.1 The National Executive Committee shall, subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Electoral Act (as amended) and this constitution, formulate guidelines and regulations for the nomination of candidates for election into public offices at all levels and shall be the final authority for resolving all disputes relating to the choice of candidates for the Party for any election and for conveying to the Independent National Electoral Commission, or any other authority to whom it may concern, confirming the names or list of names of candidates for the Party in any elective public office in the federation.
13.1.2 The National Executive Committee shall regulate the procedure for selecting the Party's candidates for elective offices.
13.2 There shall be a minimum of one-year membership span for a member to be eligible to stand for election into any public office EXCEPT those specifically granted waiver by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Party. This clause shall not apply to new members coming into the Party following the consummation of fusion agreement with other Groups.
i. The National Working Committee (NWC) shall in special circumstances, grant a waiver to a person seeking a National Party position, who is otherwise not qualified going by the provisions of this Constitution, if, in the opinion of the NWC, the grant of such a waiver is in the best interest of the Party.
ii. The NWC of the Party shall in special circumstances grant a waiver to a person seeking the office of the President, Vice President, Governor, Deputy Governor, Senator, Member of the House of Representatives, who is otherwise not quailed going by the provisions of this Constitution, if, in the opinion of the NWC, such a waiver Is in the best interest of the Party.
iii. The State Working Committee (SWC) shall in special circumstances, grant a waiver to a person seeking election to a Party office at the State level and below or office of Member of House of Assembly and below, who is otherwise not qualified going by the provisions of this constitution, if, in the opinion of the SWC such a waiver is in the best interest of the Party.
Condition for Waiver
A person may be granted a waiver on the following conditions only
a. He or she is not an ex-convict
b. He has subscribed in writing to the Manifesto of the Party
c. He has applied formally for a waiver to the National Working Committee/State Working Committee
13.4 Candidates for Party positions must possess a minimum of secondary school certificate or its equivalent as requisite qualification to be eligible to contest except waived by the National Executive Committee.
ARTICLE 14 EMERGENCY MEETINGS:
1. Without prejudice to the above provisions, the Executive Committee at all levels may summon an emergency meeting of the National Convention or Congress at any time, provided that, at least seven days' notice of the meeting is given to all those entitled to attend.
2. The Chairperson of any organ of the Party shall preside over the meetings of that organ except in the case of a sub-Committee where the presiding person may be appointed by the Executive Committee of the organ from among themselves.
3. All meetings of the Party shall be conducted and recorded in English Language. However, the Chairperson of a meeting may use his discretion to allow the use of local language if in his judgment communication and the peace of the meeting would be thereby facilitated.
4. With the exception of the following listed motions, no motion and amendment shall be entertained at a meeting, unless, at least, seven (7) days' notice of such motion had been given in writing to the Secretary or the Chairperson.
5. A motion that any subject be deferred or referred to a Committee or an appropriate body.
6. A motion proposing an amendment shall be seconded before discussion
7. A motion for adjournment.
8. Every motion and amendment shall be seconded before discussion.
9. A motion for amendment may be withdrawn at any time at the request of the mover and with the consent of the Chairperson.
10. In urgent or emergency situation, the Chairperson of a meeting shall have the discretion to dispense with the requirement to give notice of motion.
11. Deliberations at a meeting shall be strictly on the subject matter listed on the agenda of the meeting, provided that general issues may be presented or discussed at the end of the main agenda.
12. Except upon a duly notified motion, a fresh deliberation or debate on a matter already concluded shall not be permitted.
13. A member shall indicate a desire to speak by a show of one hand, sitting, and shall rise to speak only when called upon to do so by the Chairperson
14. Any member deviating from these rules or from the agenda of a meeting shall be immediately called to order by the Chairperson or by another member raising a point of order.
15. The Chairperson of a meeting shall have power to ask any erring or offending member to leave the meeting.
16. No member shall leave a meeting without the permission of the Chairperson.
17. Voting on any subject at a meeting shall be by a show of hands or by secret ballot.
18. Except otherwise provided in this Constitution, decisions of any organ of the Party shall be taken by a simple majority of votes of members present.
19. A quorum for any meeting of any organ of the Party shall be constituted if no fewer than 1/3 of the members of that organ entitled to attend the meeting are present provided that the Principal Officers of that organ namely the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Legal Adviser and Financial Secretary where applicable are present or have consented in writing that the meeting proceed in their absence.
ARTICLE 15: ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS:
1. All Party posts prescribed or implied by this Constitution shall be filled by democratically conducted elections except otherwise stated.
2. In the event of nomination, elections or appointment for the formation of, or participation in government and/or at Party level, the National Executive Committee shall make rules and regulations and shall take into consideration and uphold:
a. The federal character principle and the principle of geographical spread.
b. All other factors necessary for the total success of the Party.
c. In the event of a position vacuum created by suspension, expulsion for gross misconduct, resignation, death or any other reasons, the National Chairman or any person delegated by him shall have the power to make appointments to fill such vacancy pending the conduct of a convention.
d. The National Executive Committee in consultation with the Board of Trustees shall give effect to general decisions taken by the convention.
ARTICLE 16: FINANCE, BANKING AND AUDIT
1. The funds of the Party at all/eve/s shall be derived from all or any Of the following sources:
a. Registration fees
b. Periodic dues (as may be decided by Convention or Congress)
c. Levies (as may be decided from time to time by Convention or Congress)
d. Donations and Contributions
e. Any other legitimate source that may be approved from time to time by the National Executive Committee.
2. The National Headquarters shall be entitled to 60% (Sixty Percent) of all incomes accruing to the Party at the state level, provided that nothing in this provision shall prevent the National Convention through its agencies, from generating funds of its own.
3. The National Headquarters, through its principal organ (the National Executive Committee) shall have the discretion to make special grants and donations or grant loans (without interest) to any organ of the Party.
4. The budget of the Party at any level shall be approved by the appropriate Executive Committee and authorization of all expenditures therein shall be vested in the appropriate Chairperson.
5. A fee to be known as the Registration Fee, shall be paid by every member as one of the conditions of membership. The fee, which shall, be the same amount throughout the country, shall be determined from time to time by the National Executive Committee.
6. A financial member of the Party shall be a member who has paid all approved dues, fees and levies payable by him/her under this Constitution.
7.a. There shall be established and maintained for the Party a fund into which shall be paid all:
i. Subscription, fees, and levies from membership of the Party.
ii. Proceeds from investments made by the Party.
iii. Subventions and donations.
iv. Gifts and grants by individuals or groups of individuals as authorized by law.
v. Loans approved by the National Executive Committee.
vi. Such other moneys as may be lawfully received by the Party.
b. Subscription fees and levies from members of the Party.
i. Annual Membership Subscriptions: An annual membership subscription fee of N6000:00 (i.e. 500k per month) or such amount as the National Executive Committee upon the recommendation of the National Working Committee may from time to time approve shall be paid by all members. The annual subscription fee must be paid as and when due and endorsed on the membership card.
ii. Levies and Public Officer Holders to strengthen the Party finances, all elected and appointed Party men and women should be made to pay the following additional levies:
1. Elected public officers in the various legislature (at the three tiers of government) 5% of annual basic salary.
2. Appointed public officers (at the three tiers of government) 5% of annual basic salary.
3. Ambassadors 5% of annual basic salary.
4. Board Chairmen at Federal level: 5% of their basic allowances or remuneration.
iii. Subventions and Donations: Numerous individuals and friends of the Party that enjoy patronage from the Party at National, State and Local Government levels shall be encouraged to make donations annually to the Party. The donations should be consistent with any law that may exist.
iv. Proceeds from Sale of Nomination Forms: Money generated from the sale of nomination forms shall form part of the Party finances.
v. National Chairman's Annual Fund Raising Dinner: The National Finance Committee should be mandated to organize a National Chairman's Fund Raising Dinner annually. Participants (i.e., friends of the Party and Party members) will pay for the dinner according to the sitting arrangements among other criteria, to be worked out by the committee charged with the organization of such dinner.
vi. Business Ventures: National Finance Committee to establish viable business ventures that do not violate any sections of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
vii. Proceeds from Investments: To ensure the broadening and sustainability of the Party's revenue base, the National Finance Committee shall invest in long term ventures. Such investments can be made in blue-chip companies, Industries and in real estate business.
viii. Borrowing: While the Party should be given the leverage to raise money through borrowing, it is only when it is absolutely necessary that borrowing be undertaken. Such action must be fully authorized by the appropriate Executive Committee in session, and the exercise must follow due process.
The Party at all levels shall operate Bank accounts in financial institutions approved by the appropriate Executive Committee. Withdrawals from such accounts shall be effected jointly by the appropriate chairperson as principal signatory and either the National Secretary or the Treasurer, as cosignatory.
A firm of Chartered Accountants shall be appointed by the National Executive Committee to audit all the accounts of the Party and submit the audited Accounts and Reports, at least once a year. A statement of the Party's assets and liabilities shall be published in accordance with the prevailing laws of the federation on the authority of the National Convention.
16.4 TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PARTY FINANCES
To ensure accountability and transparency in the management of Party finances.
a. The National Executive Committee shall design Standard Financial regulations that must govern the management of Party finances at all levels.
b. Finance Committee at all levels must include the Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Auditor who must be involved in the actual management of Party finances (i.e, the Committee will originate budgets, effect disbursement and ensure accountability).
16.5 At the National level , the President, if a member of the Party shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this Constitution as affecting membership dues in respect of all federal political appointees, while the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the Leaders of the National Assembly, if members of the Party or the Leader of the Party in the Senate or House of Representatives shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this Constitution by all members of hearty in the National Assembly.
16.6 At the Zonal level all provisions applicable at the National level shall apply. At the State level, the Governor, if a member of the Party shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this Constitution as relating to membership dues in respect of all State political appointees, while the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, if a member of the Party or the leader of the Party in the State House of Assembly shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this Constitution by all members of the Party in the State House of Assembly.
16.7 At the local government level, the Chairman of the Local Government Council, if a member of the Party, shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this constitution as relating to membership dues in respect of all local government council political appointees, while the leader of the Local Government Legislative House shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this constitution by all members of the Party in the local government legislative house.
16.5 BANK ACCOUNTS
8. The Party at the State and Zonal levels shall maintain a Bank Account at the city or town where its headquarters is situated and where bank facilities are not available, the services of the bank nearest to the city or town shall be utilized.
9. The Executive Committee of the Party at any level shall decide the banks to be used in keeping the account.
10. The authorized signatories to the bank account and other financial transactions s hall be the following officers, as the case maybe.
i. The National Chairman or his or her counterparts at Zonal, State, Local Government and Ward levels.
ii. The National Secretary
iii. The National Treasurer provided that withdrawals from or debit instructions on the account shall be valid only if authorized by the National Chairman or his or her counterpart and any of the other two signatories, that is, the National Secretary or Treasurer of the Party.
ARTICLE 17: TENURE OF OFFICE:
1. Standing and Ad-hoc Committees at any level may be appointed and dissolved at the discretion of the appropriate Executive Committee.
2. Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, all officers of the Party elected or appointed into the Party's organs shall serve in such organs for a period of four years and shall be eligible for re-election or re- appointment for another period off our (4) years.
3. An officer at the National and State levels of the Party shall not hold another office at State or National organ of the Party simultaneously, other than being an ex -officio member of that organ.
4. An officer shall be relieved of his/her post at any time if a 'Vote of No Confidence" is passed on him/her at a National Convention or a Congress by two- thirds (2/3) of accredited voting members present.
ARTICLE 18: DISCIPLINE
1. The Party as a disciplined organization, shall accordingly, ensure that all members contribute to its good image by self-discipline, honesty, good conduct, decorum and demeanor, and show loyalty to the Party, government and the nation.
2. The following shall constitute acts of indiscipline by members of the Party in the context of the Party: disloyalty, cross-carpeting, sabotage, disorderly behavior at meetings, theft, fraud, disrespect of the Party leadership, immoral conduct, failure to fulfill financial obligations and other obligations of membership, conviction for criminal offences, any other conduct deemed unacceptable to the Party.
3. In addition to the acts of indiscipline set out in (2) above, a holder of a political office or a public office holder elected or appointed on the platform of the Party shall be guilty of an act of indiscipline if he/she should omit or refuse to carry out and reflect the Party's expressed position on National issues including economy, resource control, education, foreign affairs etc., except in so far as the Party position may conflict with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
4. All acts of indiscipline shall be punished. Punishment shall vary and range from reprimand to expulsion depending on the gravity of the offence committed and other considerations.
5. Disciplinary Committee(s) shall be appointed by the Executive Committee at all levels and shall have power to recommend any disciplinary measures against an offending member provided that only the National Convention shall have power to expel such a member.
6. A public office holder or political office holder on the platform of the Party at state level or local government level who is accused of act( s) of indiscipline shall be subject respectively only to the State
or Local Government Disciplinary Committee set up by the executive committee of the Party in that state, or local government.
7. Any political officer holder or public office holder under the platform of the Party at the National level shall be subject to the Disciplinary Committee set up by the National Executive Committee.
8. Notwithstanding any provisions of this Article, the Party may, where necessary, invoke its rights to seek legal redress against any offending member(s).
9. The Executive Committee at all levels shall have power to suspend a member at their respective levels for acts of indiscipline.
10. A suspended member shall lose the privileges of a member of the Party.
11. A Suspended member shall have the right of appeal to the State Executive Committee, in the case of a suspension by the Ward, or local government; or the National Executive Committee, in the case of a suspension by the State, provided that no officer shall be suspended, on recommendation by any organ lower than that to which he/she is elected.
12. In all matters of discipline, every member of the Party shall enjoy that right to fair hearing.
ARTICLE 19: GENERAL PROVISIONS AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION:
1. Provisions of this Constitution shall be subject to amendment, if it is so decided by a minimum of two-thirds (2/3) of voting members present at a meeting of National Convention, provided that notice of such amendment shall have been filed with the National Secretariat not less than thirty (30) days before the date of the National Convention and circulated not less than fourteen (14) days before the date of the Convention.
2. ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
a. Election of Officers of the Party at every level shall be held not later than one month before the expiration of tenure of the incumbent executive Committee.
b. Voting shall be by secret ballot unless otherwise decided by the Convention or Congress.
C. A Candidate at any election shall be declared winner if he/she scores the highest number of votes cast.
d. In the event of a tie in any ballot, a run-off election for that particular office shall be conducted for those candidates until a winner emerges.
e. Where any Candidate has been duly nominated for a position such candidate/s shall be put in such a position he has been nominated by way of affirmation by the convention.
3. ELIGIBILITY: No member shall be eligible to contest any election unless that member has been a financial member at least Three (3) months before the date of such election EXCEPT for new members to whom this clause shall not apply and those granted waivers by the National Working Committee.
4. RULES AND REGULATIONS: All organs of the Party shall have powers to make rules and regulations for the smooth running of the Party provided that such rules and regulations are not in conflict with the provisions of this Constitution.
5. SPECIAL CHAPTERS:
a. Special Chapters of the Party shall be set up as and when the need arises.
b. All such special Chapters shall exist to-serve-the purpose of membership in special situations.
c. All such special Chapters of the Party shall function independent of other Chapters, subject to the provision of this Constitution.
d. Approval for the establishment of a Special Chapter shall be sought by a minimum of fifty (50) members of the Party exposed to the special situation after a resolution to that effect has been taken by them.
e. The National Executive Committee shall examine the circumstances of all such applications and shall have power to approve or reject the formation of any such Chapter.
f. The following chapters are recognized by the Party;
1. Subject to the approval of the National Executive Committee, Members of the Party who resides in Countries having diplomatic relations with Nigeria, not being less than fifty in number, may establish country Chapters of the Party in their places of residence, but shall only be eligible to enjoy all the rights of membership, if duly registered in their respective wards in Nigeria and have fulfilled all other obligations.
2, For the purpose of coordinating the activities of the Diaspora Chapters, there shall be established I the office of the National Secretary, a Coordinator of Diaspora of the Party.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:
Membership of the Party shall be open to all Nigerians inclusive persons with disabilities who attained the statutory age of 18 years, and who undertake to abide by the Constitution of the Party, and desires to join the Party shall follow the prescribed procedures of membership registration.
6. EMOLUMENT: The Salaries and other conditions of service of officials shall be decided by the appropriate Executive Committee, which shall have power to employ and dismiss.
SCHEDULE 1: CODE OF CONDUCT
Every member of the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP) shall:
1. Uphold and defend the Supremacy of the Constitution
2. Respect and obey the Party structures
3. Not belong to any other political Party or Association while retaining the membership of the New Nigeria People's Party.
4. Abide and conduct himself/herself in way and manner that will not bring the name and image of the Party into disrepute
5. Settle whatever differences using internal Party machinery
6. Not be involved in corrupt practices
7. Live up to the expectations of the Party by not taking advantage of one's office/position
8. Not represent the Party at any public functions, diplomatic missions and or at any other official function without the due consent of the appropriate organ of the Party.
SCHEDULE II: INTERPRETATION OF TERMS:
For the purpose of this Party exclusively, and in the context of this Constitution, the following terms are hereunder defined:
1. At all levels: National, State, Local Government area and Ward.
2. Egalitarian Society: society in which members of the society are treated as equals legally, socially, morally and politically and are exposed to equal opportunities to develop their inherent potentials as individuals without prejudice to ethnic background, religion or circumstances of birth or sex, etc.
3. L.G.A.: Local Government Area.
4. Primary Health Care: Comprehensive health care, including basic medical immunization, health education, and essential drug supply to health institutions designated for the purpose, environmental sanitation, nutrition, maternal and child health.
5. Principal Executive Organs: The National Executive Committee at the National, Zonal, State, Local Government Area Level and the Ward Executive Committee at the Ward Level.
6. Protem Officers: The Acting Officers of the Party at all levels until the Convention or Congress of the Party at that level elects its substantive officers.
7. Party Emblem and Colors: Green: Agriculture White: Transparency Sky Blue: Love Basket of Food: Abundance Olive Branches: Peace and Reconciliation
8. Highest Number of Vote Cast: Simple majority of votes cast at any election.
SCHEDULE III: DECLARATION AND CITATION:
We hereby declare that this amended Constitution, to be cited as the Constitution of the New Nigeria People's Party was amended and ratified by the National Convention of the Party held in Abuja on the 30th day of March, 2022.
PROF. RUFA’I AHMED AKALI DIPO OLAYOKU
National Chairman National Secretary