The newly elected National Vice Chairman (South West) of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Alhaji Wasiu Ajirotutu, has described the presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 general elections, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as a political liability.
Ajirotutu became the NNPP’s South West chairman last Tuesday after the Board of Trustees, BoT, sacked the Kwakwasya’s faction of the National Working Committee and handed six months suspension to the ex–Kano governor.
Speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, last Friday, he stated that Kwankwaso came to trade with the party’s name by associating with other political parties and their candidates to get favour.
“Kwankwaso cajoled us as if he was contesting for the presidency whereas he was a pretender and not a contender. It’s very unfortunate that it’s this same Kwankwaso that is now accusing an innocent man in the person of our founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, of anti-party activities.”
He challenged the former presidential candidate to deny that he didn’t meet with the then standard bearer of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, four days before the election.
The NNPP chieftain insisted that the meeting of Kwankwaso with Tinubu a few days before the presidential election was anti-party of the highest order and a betrayal of trust.
He stressed that the action of the BoT to suspend Kwankwaso was in line with the ethos and principles of the party on discipline.
He also assured party members in the southwest region that he would carry them along in all activities of the NNPP.