The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has ratified the expulsion of the party’s presidential candidate during the 2023 general elections, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso.
The BoT also ratified the dissolution of the Abba Kawu Ali-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the party’s BoT meeting held at Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos, on Friday.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulrasaq, signed the communique.
The communique reads: “The Constitution of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), 2022 (As Amended) remains the constitution of the party and no constitution amendment is approved until after the 2027 general elections. The Head Office of the NNPP is Plot 511, Herbert Macaulay Way, Willands Plaza, Zone 4, Wuse Abuja.
“The dissolved Abba Kawu Ali-led National Working Committee of the party which was constituted without due process and the laid down provisions of the party’s constitution is dissolved, and INEC is to be notified immediately.
“The expulsion of Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso from the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) is confirmed and ratified.
“The alleged expulsions of the Founder and former chairman of the BoT and Dr Gilbert Major Agbo, former publicity secretary, and the purported dissolution of the nine (9) state and local government executive committees without a fair hearing by the illegal but now dissolved Abba Kawu Ali-led National Working Committee of the party which was carried out without due process and contrary to the party’s constitution is nullified and set aside.
“The resignation of the Dr Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party during the last Board meeting of 29th August 2023 is accepted and ratified. Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam remains the Founder and life member of the Board of Trustees.
“The elections of Dr. Temitope Aluko as the chairman of the Board of Trustees and Engr. Babayo Mohammed Abdullahi as the secretary to the Board of Trustees on 29th August 2023 were accepted and ratified.
“More so, the elections of Dr. Gilbert Major Agbo as the national chairman, Comrade Olaposi Oginni as the national secretary, Chief Felix Chukwura as the deputy national chairman (South), Alhaji Babayo Liman as the deputy national chairman (North), Mr Abdulrazaq Abdulsalam as the national publicity secretary and Peter Ogah, Esq. as the national legal adviser of the party, their oaths of office having been administered accordingly, were accepted and ratified. The List of the other members of the Board of Trustees and the National Working Committee will be published subsequently.”
The BoT urged members of the public to disregard the expressions of the Kwankwasiya group led by Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over the state of affairs of the party and the judgment of the Kano State governorship election petitions tribunal.
The BoT said, “The groups are mere interest groups who used the party’s platform for the 2023 general elections, but their alliance ended with the elections, and as such the groups have no authorization to speak or act for the party, adding that, “the judgment of the Kano State governorship election petitions tribunal which sacked the party’s candidate, Governor Abba Yusuf on Wednesday, 20th of September, 2023 is to be carefully studied with the view of approaching the appellate court for necessary redress.”
The BoT’s decision comes on the heels of a crisis that has rocked the NNPP since the 2023 general elections.