Alhaji Buba Galadima, a key figure in the establishment of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), has criticized the suspension of Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, the party’s former Presidential candidate in the recently concluded 2023 Presidential election. Galadima characterized Kwankwaso’s suspension as a farcical act akin to something out of Hollywood. He made these remarks during an appearance on the Politics Today program on ChannelsTV on Tuesday evening.
According to reports, the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the NNPP took the decision to suspend Kwankwaso on Tuesday, citing his involvement in some anti-party activities.
The NNPP’s BoT alleged that concrete public evidence existed suggesting that the former governor of Kano state, Kwankwaso, engaged in political discussions with President Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, and Labour Party (LP)’s Peter Obi without obtaining authorization from the party.
In response, Galadima contested these accusations, stating that Kwankwaso, the former Kano leader, had been granted permission by the party to engage with President Tinubu and hold discussions with other political groups. Therefore, according to Galadima, Kwankwaso’s actions were not independent.
Galadima expressed his skepticism about these claims, saying, “When I saw it on social media, I thought it was like a Nollywood or Hollywood joke.”
Galadima highlighted that the BoT of NNPP had been expelled from the party in the past.
“All of them who were expelled were called to a disciplinary committee. They were drilled and they accepted their sins and it was on the basis of their acceptance that they were recommended to the Nation Working Committee for expulsion.”
Furthermore, Galadima observed that despite orchestrated internal conflicts, NNPP stands as a steadfast political entity.
“A lot of people are interested in this party in the sense that the other parties felt that they could only survive if they destroyed this party. But unknown to them we are as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, “ he added.
Refuting the allegations of engaging in anti-party activities leveled against the ex-governor of Kano, Galadima says, “As a politician, we can meet with anybody.”
Galadima, a prominent figure within the party, contended that Kwankwaso had sought and obtained approval before his actions. He said, “Whatever the case, Kwankwaso had permission from the party to meet with President Tinubu and talk to any other political group. So, he didn’t do this on his own.”
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