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NNPP’s Board of Trustees Suspends Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and NWC Over Alleged Anti-Party Activities

NNPP's Board of Trustees Suspends Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and NWC Over Alleged Anti-Party Activities

Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has taken the decision to suspend Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the party’s candidate in the February 25 presidential election, citing alleged anti-party activities. The suspension also extends to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

As part of this action, new national officers have been appointed to lead the party during this period of suspension. Dr. Agbo Major has been named the acting National Chairman, while Mr. Ogini Olaposi will serve as the acting National Secretary, alongside 18 others who assume various roles within the party’s leadership.

This suspension is set to last for a duration of six months, as agreed upon by members of the party during a special general assembly held at the Rockview Hotels in Apapa.

The background to these suspensions includes the prior suspension of Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, the founder of NNPP, and Major, the National Publicity Secretary, by the NWC on August 24.

Speaking to reporters after the assembly meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, Babayo Muhammed Abdulahi, the Secretary of the BoT, accused Kwankwaso of engaging in unauthorized interactions with President Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

Abdullahi further disclosed that the BoT had revoked Kwankwaso’s status as the NNPP national leader due to these unauthorized interactions.

He pointed out that the purported suspension of the NNPP founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, constituted a blatant violation of the party’s constitution. Abdulahi clarified that Aniebonam had resigned as the BoT chairman, leading to the election of Dr. Chief Tope Aluko as the new BoT Chairman, with Abdulahi taking on the role of the new BoT Secretary. High Chief Tony Obioha was elected as the BoT spokesperson.

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

He stated, “The BoT decided that material evidence in the public sector affirmed that Kwankwaso was involved in anti-party activities in various meetings, suggesting political discussions with the President, Atiku, and Obi without authorization from the board. This has earned him six months suspension pending the outcome of investigation by the Disciplinary Committee.”

Furthermore, he asserted that the avoidable violation of the MoU between NNPP and Kwankwasia, TNM, and NAGAFF had left no other choice but to withdraw from the partnership, rendering the MOU void.

In response, the acting chairman, Dr. Agbo Major, affirmed his commitment to restoring unity within the party that had been disrupted by the suspended NWC members. He emphasized the party’s commitment to remaining the most open and inclusive political party in the country, welcoming back displaced 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,” Major declared.

The special general assembly meeting was attended by members of the new NWC and party members from across the country. (NAN)

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