In the dynamic landscape of Nigerian politics, the National leadership of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) finds itself entangled in a dispute over its spokesperson, Yabuku Shendam, and the purported merger talks among opposition parties.
The NNPP National Chairman, Dr Major Agbo, clarified on Saturday that Shendam does not hold the position of National Publicity Secretary and, therefore, lacks authority to speak on behalf of the party regarding the proposed merger against the ruling APC.
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In a decisive move, Dr Major Agbo vehemently denied Shendam’s claimed role as NNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, attributing it to his potential association with Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso’s kwankwasiya group.
Agbo emphasized that Shendam is not a card-carrying member of the NNPP but may be acting as a spokesperson for Kwankwaso.
Kwankwaso’s Expulsion: NNPP’s Firm Stand
The NNPP National Chairman reiterated that Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso had been expelled from the party by the NNPP Board of Trustees due to anti-party activities and other serious infractions.
Agbo clarified that Kwankwaso is ineligible to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2027, dismissing any claims made by Shendam on this matter.
While affirming the party’s commitment to a true democracy that benefits all Nigerians, Agbo expressed openness to propositions that align with the NNPP’s principles.
However, he stressed that any such proposition should be thoroughly considered by the party’s founder, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, and other founding members, as well as the National Working Committee led by Agbo himself, excluding Kwankwaso and his kwankwassiya group.
Agbo asserted that, despite recognizing the need for support from other parties, the NNPP believes in its ability to independently deliver Nigeria in 2027 through a credible candidate.
The party is not currently considering any merger but remains open to alliances, emphasizing that if any form of alliance occurs, it should be with the NNPP.
In a resolute stance, Agbo concluded that the party’s certificate of independence cannot be merged with any other, rejecting the imagined assimilation by Kwankwaso, Buba Galadima, Shendam, and their kwankwassiya group, who are no longer members of the NNPP.
In this intricate political scenario, the NNPP stands firm on its path towards the 2027 elections, navigating through internal disputes and external proposals with a commitment to an inclusive and independent democratic process.