Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a candidate for the New Nigeria Peoples Party in the presidential election scheduled for February 25, has been placed on administrative leave due to alleged anti-party activity.
The party’s National Working Committee was suspended as well by the board of trustees.
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Also, new national officers were selected, including 18 others under the leadership of Dr. Agbo Major as acting national chairman and Mr. Ogini Olaposi as acting national secretary.
The suspensions were submitted to a voice vote by party members at their special general assembly, which was held at the Rockview Hotels in Apapa, according to NAN.
NAN cites the party’s NWC’s announcement that Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, the party’s founder, and Major, the national publicity secretary, had been suspended on Thursday, August 24.
At the conclusion of the meeting on Tuesday in Lagos, the secretary of the Board of Trustees, Babayo Muhammed Abdulahi, spoke with reporters and accused Kwankwaso of socialising without the board’s permission with President Bola Tinubu, PDP presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Labour Party presidential candidate Mr. Peter Obi.
Kwankwaso’s role as the national leader of the NNPP had been revoked, according to Abdullahi.
The NNPP founder’s alleged suspension, according to the secretary of the Board of Trustees, was a flagrant severe breach of the party’s constitution.
He noted that Aniebonam had resigned as the BoT chairman, and that Dr. Chief Tope Aluko had been elected as the new BoT chairman, along with Abdulahi as the new BoT secretary, and High Chief Tony Obioha as the new BoT spokesperson.
Abdulahi said that the NWC’s actions had nullified the pre-election Memorandum of Understanding inked with the Kwankwasia Movement, The National Movement, and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders.
Also speaking, the acting chairman said his team would hit the ground running by healing the wounds created by the suspended NWC members.
Major said the party would remain the most ordinary friendly party in the country and urged other members that are displaced for one reason or the other to return to its fold.