The Board of Trustees (BoT) of Nigeria’s New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has suspended its presidential candidate Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for alleged anti-party activities.

The BoT also suspended the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members and appointed new interim leaders including Acting Chairman Dr. Agbo Major.

At a press briefing Tuesday in Lagos, BoT Secretary Babayo Abdullahi accused Kwankwaso of unauthorized meetings with rival party candidates including President Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar. This warranted his removal as NNPP national leader, said Abdullahi.

The BoT stated Kwankwaso’s purported suspension of NNPP founder Boniface Aniebonam violated the party’s constitution. Abdullahi announced a new BoT leadership with himself as Secretary and Tony Obioha as spokesperson.

Additionally, the board revoked pre-election agreements between NNPP and Kwankwaso’s political movement along with other partners. Abdullahi blamed the pacts’ termination on the NWC’s actions.

Kwankwaso’s six-month suspension will allow investigation into alleged misconduct. The board claimed evidence of him discussing alliances with rival presidential candidates without approval.