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Northern branches threaten to quit NBA

The northern branches said if Akeredolu goes ahead to shift the venue of the meeting from Yola to Abuja, they may have no other option…

The northern branches said if Akeredolu goes ahead to shift the venue of the meeting from Yola to Abuja, they may have no other option than to form a parallel body that will cater for the interest of the north.

The branches through their various states chairmen and secretaries however threw their weight behind the position of the national body calling on ailing President Umaru Yar’adua to transmit power to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.

The group who were in Abuja on Friday to present a protest letter to the General Secretary of the NBA, Ibrahim Eddy Mark, said that the allegation that the northern part of the country was unsafe to host the association’s NEC meeting was unfounded.

Addressing journalists after presenting the protest letter to Mark, the secretary of the Yola branch, Everest Okey Odo, said that the association in Yola had committed a lot of resources into hosting the meeting. He reminded Akeredolu that the fear that members of the association travelling through Jos to Yola might be attacked was unjustified.

“Assuming that you are genuinely concerned about the safety of NEC members travelling through Jos to attend the NEC meeting in Yola, it is pertinent to note that if the meeting is taken to another location like Abuja, for instance, it presupposes that NEC members from Yola and environs or other branches of the NBA will be required to travel through Jos to attend the meeting with the attendant risks you want to avoid. Mr President, you must concede that no human life is more sacrosanct than another,” he said.


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