June 11, 2024

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NNPP suspends Kwankwaso, others over ‘anti-party activities’

Board of Trustees (BoT) of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has suspended Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, its founder and national chairman. Kwankwaso is also the party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, over alleged anti party activities.

The BoT also says it has suspended the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and appointed new national officers headed by Dr. Agbo Major as acting National Chairman and Mr. Ogini Olaposi as acting national secretary with 18 others.

The suspensions were put to a voice vote by members of the party at its special general assembly, held at the Rockview Hotels in Apapa, Lagos this Tuesday, one report said.

Recall that the NNPP-NWC on Aug. 24, announced the suspension of the founder of the party, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam and the mational publicity secretary, Major.

Addressing newsmen after the meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, secretary of the BoT, Babayo Muhammed Abdulahi, accused Kwankwaso of hobnobbing with President Bola Tinubu.

Anti-party activities

He is also accused of romancing with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP) Mr. Peter Obi, without the board’s authorisation.

Abdullahi announced that Kwankwaso had been stripped of the NNPP national leader status by the board and that Aniebonam had resigned as BoT chairman hence a new  chairman Chief Tope Aluko was elected with Abdulahi as new BoT ecretary, while High Chief Tony Obioha was appointed BoT spokesperson.

Pre-election MoUs invalidated

Abdulahi said the pre-election Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Kwankwasia Movement, The National Movement (TNM) and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) had all been rendered void by the actions of the NWC.

“The purported suspension of the founder is a gross violation of the NNPP constitution such that it is tantamount to recklessness and irresponsibility on the part of the incompetent NWC.

“The BoT decided that material evidence in the public domain affirmed that Kwankwaso is involved in anti-party activities in various meetings, suggesting political discussions with President (Tinubu), (Alhaji) Atiku and (Mr. Peter) Obi without authorisation from the board.

“This has earned him six months’ suspension pending the outcome of investigation by the Disciplinary Committee,” the party BoT says.

In the same vein, the acting national chairman said his team would hit the ground running by healing the wounds caused by the suspended NWC members.

“We don’t intend to shut anybody out or censor anybody but we want to ensure that we remain on track and maintain our people-oriented ideology,” he said after the well-attended special general assembly meeting which was graced by the new NWC and members from across the country.