NNPP Crisis Escalates with Kwankwaso Faction’s Expulsion of Agbo and Allies
The New Nigeria People’s Party Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso faction recently convened a parallel National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja, where they aimed to reverse Kwankwaso’s suspension. The faction went on to announce the expulsion of Major Agbo, the newly appointed acting National Chairman of the party, along with several prominent members implicated in the sanctioning of the NNPP flag bearer.This development followed shortly after the suspension of Senator Kwankwaso by the party’s Board of Trustees, who accused him of engaging in anti-party activities. The decision to impose the suspension and appoint new national officers, including Major Agbo and Ogini Olaposi as acting National Secretary, was made during a NEC meeting held earlier in the day in Lagos.Before the NEC session, both Agbo and the party’s founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, had been placed under suspension since August 24. However, they challenged the decision, asserting that any disciplinary action should be directed at the presidential candidate due to alleged questionable actions in recent times.Responding to these developments, Ladipo Johnson, the National Auditor of the party, dismissed Kwankwaso’s suspension as an unauthorized move. Johnson, who claimed to head the disciplinary committee, which subsequently expelled Agbo and his associates at the Abuja NEC meeting, emphasized that there was no internal division within the party as rumored.Johnson stated, “It is important to clarify that there is no faction within the NNPP. The recent NEC meeting was held in Abuja, not Apapa, Lagos. Agbo’s expulsion and the related actions were validly conducted within the party’s internal structure. We have also released an official statement regarding the NEC meeting.”The issued statement, shared with The PUNCH on Tuesday evening, confirmed the occurrence of the NEC meeting in Abuja. The gathering led to the expulsion of Agbo, discussions about a new party logo, amendments to the constitution, endorsement of state caretaker committees, and the suspension of specific articles within the NNPP’s 2022 constitution.The statement detailed, “During today’s National Executive Committee meeting of the NNPP in Abuja on August 29, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, Major Agbo, and several others were officially expelled from the party. Other motions related to the party’s logo, constitutional revisions, state caretaker committees, and suspension of constitution articles were also addressed.”Prominent figures including the Executive Governor of Kano State, Senator Kawu Ismaila, National Chairman, Engr Buba Galadima, and other notable individuals were present at the meeting. The NEC acknowledged the existence of expelled individuals who had purportedly convened a separate Board of Trustees meeting in Lagos earlier in the day. However, the NEC deemed this meeting invalid and without effect.