“We will abide by ECI directive and call NPF General Convention”: Achumbemo Kikon

KOHIMA, Oct 19 (NEPS): Buoyed by the order of the Election Commission of India (ECI) with regard to current crisis within the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF), Achumbemo Kikon, Spokesperson of NPF headed by Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu, said it (Order) only showed the other NPF headed by MP Neiphiu Rio was illegal. He was speaking as Chief Guest at the office inauguration function of NPF 9 Kohima Town Assembly Constituency here at Ministers Hill on Thursday.

It may be mentioned that ECI directed the two NPF groups to exhaust all the recourses within the Party Constitution by calling for a General Convention as per the Article XV of the NPF Constitution to decide the future of its leaderships.

Kikon said their NPF party had enough Provisions to settle the issue and further added that they would abide by the directives of ECI. “We will call the General Convention of the Party as directed and will reaffirm the leaderships of Dr. Shurhozelie and his Team and submit it to ECI,” he added. “However, we have already won the battle by 99.9%,” he said. “It is a matter of time. We have to complete the formalities only.”

The Spokesperson also alleged that the so-called General Convention of NPF called by Rio and team on 30 September 2017 at Dimapur Stadium was “illegal.” He said some of these leaders did not know even the Party Constitution and further described their actions as “biggest embarrassment” of the century.

He said the Nagas had come a long way from their headhunting days and today they were as civilized as any other people in the world. They could no longer be fooled or taken for a ride, he said. He further called upon the party men and women to uphold the party Constitution and its principles.

Explaining about the settlement of the Naga issue, the Spokesperson said if the settlement of the Naga issue was not arrived at before the announcement of the Nagaland general elections, their party would fight the elections. He asked the party men and women to be prepared for the elections.

Stating that NPF was the oldest regional party in the region, Kikon said it had given them to express their “dreams and aspirations.”

“Naga people are with us and we already achieved what actually we wanted to achieve,” he said further called upon the electorates of 9 Kohima Town Assembly Constituency to choose a “committed, efficient, presentable and right” candidate for the ensuing election.

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