The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), suspended its candidate in the February, 25 Presidential election, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and one other member for political hobnobbing with President Bola Tinubu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC); the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar; and Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi.
The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, on Tuesday, announced the suspension, describing Kwankwaso’s action as anti-party activities.
At a media briefing in Lagos, the BoT also announced the suspension of the National Working Committee, NWC of the party. This development comes after the party’s NWC previously suspended the founder of the party, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, and the National Publicity Secretary, Agbo Major.
Kwankwaso’s suspension takes immediate effect for an initial six-month period, pending the outcome of an investigation by a disciplinary committee.
Secretary of the BoT, Babayo Abdulahi, alleged that there were material evidence that Kwankwaso was involved in anti-party activities in various meetings, suggesting political discussions with the President, Atiku and Obi without authorisation from the board.
He said, “The purported suspension of the founder is a flagrant gross violation of the NNPP constitution such that it is tantamount to recklessness and irresponsibility on the part of the incompetent NWC.
“The BoT decided that material evidence in the public sector affirmed that Kwankwaso was involved in anti-party activities in various meetings, suggesting political discussions with the President, Atiku and Obi without authorisation from the board.
“This has earned him six months suspension pending the outcome of investigation by the Disciplinary Committee.
“The BOT insisted that the avoidable violation of MoU between NNPP on the one part and Kwankwasia, TNM and NAGAFF on the other had no other choice than to withdraw from the partnership.
“It is therefore to state clearly that the MOU has been rendered void.”
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