The crisis rocking the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has taken another dimension as the faction of the party loyal to the Board of Trustees pulled out of the memorandum of understanding signed between the party and Kwankwansiya Movement in 2022.
The memorandum of understanding which was signed in February 2022 saw the emergence of former Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso as the national leader of the party, while the founder of the party, Boniface Aniebonam was named the chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Aniebonam and the erstwhile National Publicity Secretary, Agbo Major, were expelled from the party on Tuesday by the National Executive Committee, while the BoT also announced the suspension of Kwankwaso for three months.
However, in a statement on Thursday, August 31, Mohammed Abdullahi said to be the Secretary of the BOT announced an end to the romance between the NNPP, The Nigeria Movement and Kwankwansiya Movement.
Abdullahi said leaders of the TNM and the Kwankwansiya Movement have been informed of an end to their MOU which he said was signed with the sole purpose of winning the election.
While wishing them well in their future endeavour, he asked them to approach the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for registration as a political party.
He said: “Wearing a red cap as a member of the New Nigeria People’s Party is a very big embarrassment and avoidable violation of terms of understanding between NNPP and the Kwankwasiya movement. This is because the Kwankwasiya Movement is not a political party other than the New Nigeria Peoples Party.
“For the avoidance of doubts, Kwankwasiya movement, TNM are mere pressure groups under the canopy of NNPP and for the purposes of elections in Nigeria.
“Therefore and henceforth, wearing of red cap is not an appropriate dress code of NNPP during political activities. At this point, all members of the Kwankwasyia Movement are hereby informed that other than being deceived by their leaders, NNPP was not sold to the Kwankwasiya Movement or anybody or a group of persons.
“What we had was a mere memorandum of understanding with Kwankwasiya and TNM to work together for the purposes of winning elective positions. It is not an alliance because none of the group is a political party.”
He said further that the need to end marriage became necessary as parties in the memorandum of understanding have since withdrawn.
He named those who were party to the MOU as Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi who served as National Organising Secretary and Prof Angwe who served as National Legal Adviser and signed on behalf of TNM, while Dr Aniebonam and Dr Agbo Major signed for the NNPP.
He said further that the exit of these people left “Senator Kwankwaso and elder Buba Galadima floating and swimming in violations of the memo of non-existing understanding.
“It is on record that Prof Alkali who also represented TNM and served as National Chairman of the party had since stepped aside as the chairman of the party to avoid destroying his political career.
He also said that another member of the alliance, Avm Ihemeje, who served as the Deputy National Chairman “equally resigned due to high handedness, constitutional violations, anti-party activities and all sorts of arrogance and avoidable self-pride of senator Kwankwaso and elder Buba Galadima”.
He appealed to all members of the New Nigeria People’s Party from 2001 to date who, out of anger left the party to return and help in the rebuilding process of the party.
He said: “We made an honest mistake but we did not lose out entirely. Today we have one Governor, two Senators, over fifteen House of Representatives and several House of Assembly. We won elective positions as NNPP and not Kwankwasiya Movement and we are very proud.
“It is most unfortunate that NNPP went into political understanding with Kwankwasiya group, but unfortunately it is apparent that a case of highjack from the backdoor may have been established against Senator Kwankwanso and elder Buba Galadima.
“In the opinion of the leadership of NNPP, founder and founding members, the duo of Senator Kwankwaso and elder Buba Galadima may be better described as cowards and gold diggers.
“It is unheard of that a tenant can eject a landlord from his home. We can only put Elder Buba Galadima and Senator Kwankwaso into prayers and ask God to have mercy upon them and forgive their sins against humanity”.