Hey there, middle schoolers! Today, we’re going to talk about some political drama. The New Nigeria Peoples Party, also known as NNPP, is pointing fingers at a guy named Kwankwaso for why some of their members left and joined another party called the All Progressives Congress, or APC.
According to a statement from the NNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Abdulsalam Abdulrasaq, their former National Chairman, Prof Rufa’i Alkali, along with Prof Bem Angwe, Senator Othman Hunkuyi, and a bunch of others, left the party because they were unhappy with how things were being run. They felt that Kwankwaso was being too controlling and wanted to take over a platform that was given to them by someone named Dr Boniface Aniebonam and his organization, NAGAFF, for the 2023 general election.
Guess what? The APC was quick to announce that they welcomed these NNPP members with open arms. Their national chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, even had a meeting with 26 chieftains of the NNPP, including Alkali and three governorship candidates, in Abuja.
Abdulrasaq, in his statement, mentioned that Angwe and Hunkuyi were actually part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Kwankwaso and NNPP. This MOU brought together two groups called Kwankwassiyya and TNM. But it seems like there were some issues with this MOU, and the press has been talking about it.
Alkali became the national chairman of NNPP during a convention on March 30, 2022. However, he left the party and his position on March 30, 2023. Why? Well, he had some serious disagreements with Kwankwaso. Alkali felt that Kwankwaso was being undemocratic and had some shady plans to take over a platform that was given to him by an old man. This platform was supposed to help him run for the presidency of Nigeria.
As for Angwe, he withdrew his signature from the MOU a while ago. He was upset because he thought someone was trying to sell his governorship ticket in Benue State to the highest bidder. That’s not cool, right?
Hunkuyi, another signatory to the MOU, also had problems with Kwankwaso. Even when he was serving as the National Organising Secretary of the party, he was at odds with Kwankwaso. Hunkuyi complained about Kwankwaso being too controlling, not listening to others, and other reasons.
So, that’s the story, my middle school friends. Some members of NNPP left because they didn’t like how Kwankwaso was running things. They joined the APC instead. Politics can be messy sometimes, huh?