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 suspected 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 Abdulahi, Secretary of the BoT, 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 of 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 chosen, along with Abdulahi as new BoT Secretary, and High Chief Tony Obioha as new BoT spokesman.
The NWC’s actions, according to Abdulahi, made 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 invalid.
“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 avoidable violation of the MoU by NNPP on one side and Kwankwasia, TNM, and NAGAFF on the other has no other option but to withdraw from the partnership.”
“It is therefore clear that the MoU has been rendered void,” he stated.
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