NNPP Crisis: Kwankwaso’s Faction Voids Suspension, Expels BoT Chairman, Others

By Damilare Adeleye
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The crisis rocking the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has taken a new dimension as the party announced the expulsion of the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, and some prominent members of the party.

This was carried out by the faction loyal to the 2023 Presidential candidate of the party, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

Also expelled was the National Publicity Secretary, Agbo Major and Tope Aluko as they were accused of engaging in anti-party activities.

Addressing the National Executive Committee, NEC, yesterday in Abuja, the National Secretary, Olayoku Dipo, noted that the party was in the process of setting up a properly constituted BoT in line with its constitution.

He added that there were plans by the leadership to change NNPP’s logo as the opposition party’s fortune at the February election was affected by the current logo.

Aniebonam was particularly accused of creating a parallel group within the party with a view to causing disaffection in the NNPP.

The Kwankwaso group also upheld motions to extend the tenure of the acting national chairman, Mallam Abah-Kawu Ali, and to redesign the party’s logo.

According to the party, “At the National Executive Committee meeting of the NNPP held in Abuja on Tuesday August 29th, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, Agbo Major and several others were expelled from the party.

“The NEC also moved several other motions relating to the Logo of the party, the Amendment of the constitution, ratification of the State caretaker committees, and suspension of two Articles in the constitution of the NNPP 2022.

“At the meeting were the Executive Governor of Kan State, the National Chairman, Distinguished Senator Kawu Ismaila, the Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Engr Buba Galadima and many others. NEC noted that there were suspended (now expelled) persons who purportedly held a Board of Trustees meeting in Apapa, Lagos this morning. Naturally their meeting was null and void and to no effect.”

According to the group, party’s only Governor, Abba Yusuf of Kano state, said he would continue to work closely with Senator Kwankwaso in his efforts to reposition the NNPP.

While commending the National Working Committee (NWC) for its role in stabilising the political party, BoT Secretary, Engr. Buba Galadim said the party has since experienced growth by NNPP leader, Senator Kwankwaso.

Similarly, the Kano State Chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Hashimu Dungurawa, has debunked reports of the alleged suspension of the National Leader of the party, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

He said, “Kwankwas is the leader of the party and for somebody to come out with a fake news of his suspension is tantamount to dragging his names and hard earned reputation to the mud.

“I am presently in Abuja where the party executive is holding a meeting, there was nothing like that.”