- The alleged suspension of Rabiu Kwankwaso, the NNPP presidential candidate in the 2023 election, from the party has been condemned
- Damilare Abioro, a chieftain of the NNPP, in an interview with Legit.ng, maintained that the suspension couldn't stand, and Kwankwaso remained the national leader of the party
- Abioro maintained that the influence and contribution of Kwankwaso to the NNPP cannot be undermined, and the party need to maintain unity to sustain its growth
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Abeokuta, Ogun - Damilare Abioro, the chieftain of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) from Ogun State, has condemned the alleged suspension of Rabiu Kwankwaso, the party's flagbearer, in the February 25 presidential election.
Boniface Aniebonan, a former Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman of the NNPP, Late August, led a faction of the party to suspend the former governor of Kano for six months over allegations bordering on anti-party activities.
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Aniebonan further appointed Major Agbo, the former NNPP national publicity secretary, as the party's acting national chairman.
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But Abioro, the youngest senatorial aspirant of the party ahead of the 2023 general election, while speaking with Legit.ng, said what the party needs now is unity and bringing in new members rather than suspending anyone.
According to the Idi-Iroko-born politician, the influence of Kwankwaso on the party's popularity ahead of the 2023 presidential election cannot be undermined.
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His (Kwankwaso) position as the national leader and the Party's presidential candidate in the last general elections has significantly contributed to the growth of the Party.
What the party needs now is for people to join the party, even if we are expecting people from other political parties, suspension of Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso from the party or expulsion of any party's members is not the best.
Kano: Kwankwaso accused of selling out NNPP to APC
Legit.ng earlier reported that an NNPP chieftain, Abass Onilewura, has accused the party's presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Rabiu Kwankwaso, of selling out the party to the APC.
Onilewura alleged that Kwankwaso used the NNPP's victory in Kano State to negotiate for his ministerial position under President Bola Tinubu.
According to the NNPP chieftain, the continuous engagement of Kwankwaso with the APC allowed the ruling party to see the loopholes in the Kano governorship election.