The New Nigeria Peoples Party’s (NNPP) Board of Trustees has suspended Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, its candidate in the Feb. 25 presidential election, for alleged anti-party activity.
The National Working Committee, NWC, and party members were also suspended by the BoT.
It also named new national offices, including acting National Chairman Dr. Agbo Major and Acting National Secretary Mr. Ogini Olaposi.
The suspension is in effect for six months.
Babayo Muhammed Abdullahi, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, accused Kwankwaso of mingling with President Bola Tinubu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, without the board’s permission.
The board of the NNPP has removed Kwankwaso from his position as national head, according to Abdullahi.
The alleged suspension of the NNPP founder, according to the secretary of the BoT, is a flagrant severe breach of the party’s constitution.
He noted that Aniebonam had resigned as BoT chairman and that a new BoT Chairman, Dr. Chief Tope Aluko, had been elected, along with Abdulahi as the new BoT Secretary, and High Chief Tony Obioha as the new BoT spokesperson.
The NWC’s actions, according to Abdulahi, rendered the pre-election Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked with the Kwankwasia Movement, The National Movement (TNM), and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) null and void.
“The purported suspension of the founder is a flagrant gross violation of the NNPP constitution, tantamount to recklessness and irresponsibility on the part of the incompetent NWC,” Abdulahi added.
“The Board of Trustees decided that material evidence in the public sector confirmed Kwankwaso’s involvement in anti-party activities in various meetings, suggesting political discussions with the President, Atiku, and Obi without board authorization.”
“This has resulted in a six-month suspension pending the outcome of the Disciplinary Committee’s investigation.”
“The BOT insisted that the NNPP, on the one hand, and Kwankwasiyya, TNM, and NAGAFF, on the other, had no choice but to withdraw from the partnership due to the avoidable violation of the MoU.”
“It is therefore necessary to state unequivocally that the Memorandum of Understanding has been rendered null and void,” he stated.