Robert Hon, the National Legal Adviser of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, reaffirmed on Wednesday that the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) lacks the constitutional authority to suspend Rabiu Kwankwaso, the party’s Presidential candidate. He clarified that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) has the legitimate power to suspend Kwankwaso, following proper procedural guidelines.
In response to the alleged suspension of Kwankwaso, which was attributed to a now-defunct BoT, Hon dismissed it as a fabrication, as the BoT is an advisory body without the legal capacity to suspend or expel any party member. He emphasized that Kwankwaso remains a valid card-carrying member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, and any claims of suspension are unauthorized.
Hon revealed that the party conducted an emergency meeting in Abuja, during which representatives from all 37 states and Abuja expressed their support for Kwankwaso, passing a vote of confidence in him.
Highlighting the BoT’s role as advisors rather than decision-makers, he reiterated, “The Board of Trustees is simply an advisory organ and lacks the constitutional power to suspend or expel any member of the party.” He also noted that the recent party meeting was attended by Senators, Governors, and stakeholders from all states and Abuja, all of whom expressed their confidence in Kwankwaso.
It is worth recalling that the BoT had purportedly suspended Kwankwaso for alleged anti-party activities for a period of six months. The suspension also extended to the National Working Committee of the party. In response, the BoT appointed new national officers, with Dr. Agbo Major as the acting National Chairman and Mr. Ogini Olaposi as the acting National Secretary, along with 18 others. The BoT also announced the suspension of the party’s founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, and the National Publicity Secretary.
Meanwhile, Major Agbo, the new acting chairman of the NNPP faction, emphasized in an exclusive conversation that Kwankwaso was absent when the suspension decision was made. Despite this absence, he expressed the faction’s conviction in its decision to suspend Kwankwaso, and he asserted that the party remains unaffected by the situation.
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