December 4, 2023

NNPP divided over Tinubu, Atiku, factions suspend Kwankwaso, others.

The Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso faction of the New Nigeria People’s Party has held a parallel meeting of the National Executive Committee in Abuja to reverse his suspension.

The faction announced the expulsion of the new acting National Chairman of the party, Major Agbo and some notable members involved in Kwankwaso’s sanction.

The move is coming hours after Kwankwaso was suspended by the party’s Board of Trustees for alleged anti-party activities.

The decision to sanction Kwankwaso and appoint new national officers headed by Major and acting National Secretary, Ogini Olaposi, and 18 others was taken at a NEC meeting in Lagos earlier on Tuesday.

Prior to the NEC session, Agbo and founder of the party, Dr Boniface Aniebonam had both been suspended from the party on August 24.

But Aniebonam, Agbo and many loyalists of the party kicked against the decision, insisting that if any member deserves to be punished, it ought to be the presidential candidate of the party over his alleged suspicious activities in recent times.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, Secretary of the BoT, Babayo Abdulahi, had accused Kwankwaso of hobnobbing with President Bola Tinubu, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi, without seeking consent of the board.

Abdullahi reiterated that Kwankwaso’s clandestine and nocturnal meetings were the reason he was stripped of the NNPP national leader status by the board.

According to him, Aniebonam had resigned as the BoT chairman, and a new BoT Chairman, Dr Chief Tope Aluko was elected with Abdulahi as the new BoT Secretary, while High Chief Tony Obioha was elected as BoT spokesperson.

He also insisted that the pre-election Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Kwankwasiyya Movement, The National Movement, and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders had been rendered void by the actions of the NWC.

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