In a significant development, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has taken the decision to expel Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso. This expulsion comes as a result of his alleged refusal to cooperate with the party’s Disciplinary Committee, a matter that has been brewing since his suspension at the NNPP National Convention on August 29th in Lagos.
The roots of this expulsion can be traced back to the formation of a Disciplinary Committee by the NNPP’s National Executive Council (NEC). The committee was tasked with inviting Senator Kwankwaso to provide explanations regarding allegations of gross anti-party activities and mismanagement of party/campaign funds. The NEC had given him a window of five days to appear before the committee, with a clear warning that his failure to do so would lead to expulsion, in accordance with the party’s constitution for the year 2022 (as amended).
As a result of Senator Kwankwaso’s continued refusal to respond to the committee’s invitations, the NNPP took decisive action. In an announcement made by Mr. Abdulsalam Abdulrasaq, the Acting National Publicity Secretary of NNPP, it was declared that the NEC convened an emergency session on September 1st, where the following resolutions were reached:
1. Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is hereby expelled from NNPP with immediate effect due to his failure to appear before the disciplinary committee despite repeated written invitations.
2. The former presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, will be referred to the appropriate authorities to address concerns related to financial impropriety, particularly in regards to the mismanagement of public funds.
This expulsion marks a significant turning point in the ongoing crisis within NNPP, which initially flared up when the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), aligned with Senator Kwankwaso, announced the suspension of NNPP founder Dr. Boniface Aniebonam and National Publicity Secretary Dr. Agbo Major on August 24th.