In this interview with Dr. Agbo Major, the factional Acting National Chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), we get an update on the party’s crisis and learn that Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections, and his supporters, the Kwankwasiyya, are no longer members of the party. Dr. Major also shares his thoughts on the state of the nation as Nigeria approaches its 63rd Independence Anniversary.
Q: The Kwankwaso group announced plans to redesign the logo of the NNPP. What is your position on that?
A: It’s important to understand that the Kwankwaso group and the NNPP are separate entities. The Kwankwasiyya cannot come and change the NNPP’s logo. We don’t want to take matters into our own hands like they do. They have a history of disregarding the law, as recent court cases have shown. We are not engaging in a dispute with them. They joined the party solely for the 2023 general elections, and now that they have shown their true colors, we have terminated our agreement with them. They no longer have the right to alter the logo, especially since we have reported the matter to the appropriate authorities. We have informed INEC that any attempt to tamper with the logo is unacceptable to the original NNPP members. This issue is currently being addressed in various courts, and the judges have advised their lawyers that they cannot change the logo or the party’s constitution at this time.
Q: The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal nullified the election of Governor Abba Yusuf, who is a protégé of Kwankwaso. Considering the issues in the party, what is your position on the Kano tribunal’s judgement?
A: What happened in Kano goes beyond Kwankwaso as an individual. We shouldn’t throw away the baby with the bathwater. It’s important to note that the NNPP produced a governor in Kano. Whether he is Kwankwaso’s protégé or not is irrelevant. We have a common enemy to face, and that enemy is the judges who delivered an unacceptable judgement. However, we don’t have the authority to question that judgement.