From Okwe Obi, Abuja
New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) has dismissed insinuations that its presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is a spoiler in the 2023 general poll.
Its National Secretary, Dipo Olayoku, stated this in a statement, yesterday, after an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC), where some publications against the party and its presidential candidate were reviewed.
He said the NWC also reviewed the timetable for the kick-off of its presidential campaign at the meeting.
He alleged that some of the reports against the party and its presidential candidate were discovered to have been sponsored .
He spoke against the backdrop of a publication which raised the question: Kwankwaso a contender or spoiler?
The party’s working committee, clarified that its presidential candidate was the one to beat in the 2023 presidential election, and therefore could not be described as a spoiler or pretender.
It said other political parties and their candidates had made the NNPP presidential candidate their target and that no week would pass without them sponsoring one thing or the other in the media against him or the party.
Beyond the weekly publication raising question on whether Kwankwaso was a contender or spoiler, attention of the National leadership of the party was also drawn to a report of storm in the party by an online portal.
The report alleged that a chieftain of the party is a mole, working for another party and its presidential candidate. According to the report, this has placed the chieftain against the NNPP presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
“l want state that nothing can be further from truth than this. We in the National Working Committee consider these reports as the handiwork of fifth columnists, who have been trying to cause disaffection in the party and they will never succeed,” Olayoku said.