In a surprising turn of events, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has taken decisive action against its own presidential candidate and several key party members. The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the NNPP has announced the suspension of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the party’s candidate in the recent presidential election, along with several others. The suspensions come in the wake of alleged anti-party activities and unauthorized affiliations with prominent political figures. The move signifies a resolute stance by the party to maintain internal discipline and uphold its values.
Allegations and Suspensions:
The decision to suspend Kwankwaso and the others was reached during a special general assembly convened at Rockview Hotels in Apapa. The suspensions, which are set to last for a duration of six months, were voted upon by party members present at the assembly. This bold move follows a series of recent suspensions by the party, including the founder of NNPP, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, and the National Publicity Secretary, Major.
Babayo Muhammed Abdulahi, the Secretary of the BoT, shed light on the reasons behind Kwankwaso’s suspension. He accused the presidential candidate of engaging in unsanctioned interactions with prominent political figures such as President Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party. These interactions allegedly occurred without proper authorization from the party’s board. Such actions were viewed as violations of the party’s principles and a breach of internal discipline.
New Leadership Appointments:
Following the suspensions, the NNPP BoT swiftly appointed an interim leadership team to guide the party during this period of transition. Dr. Agbo Major has been named as the acting National Chairman, while Mr. Ogini Olaposi will assume the role of acting National Secretary. The team is further complemented by 18 other individuals who have been chosen to play vital roles in the party’s restructured hierarchy.
Significance and Implications:
The NNPP’s decision to suspend its own presidential candidate and others underscores the party’s commitment to maintaining its integrity and adhering to its guiding principles. This move sends a strong message that anti-party activities will not be tolerated within the NNPP. By taking such measures, the party aims to strengthen its unity and present a united front to its members and the public.
The NNPP’s suspension of its presidential candidate Kwankwaso and key individuals has ignited discussions within the political landscape. This bold action reaffirms the party’s dedication to upholding its values and principles. As the party navigates through this period of change, the appointed interim leadership will steer the NNPP towards a future that remains faithful to its core ideals.
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