A chieftain of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Buba Galadima has disclosed that the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Rabiu Kwankwaso informed the leaders of the party and got their permission before meeting President Bola Tinubu.
This is as he denied any form of anti-party allegations against Kwankwaso as alleged by a faction of the party.
Speaking on Wednesday during an interview with Arise Television on the suspension slammed on Kwankwaso by the NNPP’s board of trustees (BoT) led by Boniface Aniebonam over alleged anti-party activities, Galadima submitted that those who imposed the suspension have no legal right to do so.
According to him, the decision is not that of the NNPP but of a single individual who is not a member of the national caucus of the party.
The elder statesman said Kwankwaso got permission from the party before meeting President Tinubu in France and also gave them a feedback after the meeting.
“Let us establish one fact. Is Major Abgo speaking for himself or speaking for the BoT? Let us establish his own credentials first,” Galadima said.
“I told you who the national exco of the party met in Abuja today and I rolled out who have been here.
“Did Agbo tell you who, himself and who did meet in Lagos? Are they members of the party? And I also said that there is no locus. Do two people only make up a party? Which other member of the BoT was there in that thier meeting?
“State chairmen that we expelled were the ones at that meeting. Preemptive. So, there is no even locus and he is not supposed to know because he is too small to know whether Kwankwaso took permission from the party or not to meet with other interest groups because he is not a member of the national caucus of the party. So, how can he know?
“Kwankwaso took permission from us when he was going to France. Thirteen members of the national caucus of the party met and he put down this issue that the president wanted to see him, what is our opinion?
“And each and everyone of us that was there except myself that did not speak on that day because I knew what led to that meeting.
“He came to inform us that the president invited him to see him and he could not go without taking a permission from the party.
“He (Kwankwaso) came back and told us that the president had asked him to tell his party that he would want to work with them.
“When we agree that we can work together then we will meet with the APC to do the modalities of working together.”
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