Aidan McLindon resigns as KAP national director
THE unexpected resignation of Katter's Australian Party national director Aidan McLindon appears to have shocked the party, catching even senior members off guard.
Mr McLindon announced his intention to leave the role through a press release and a Twitter update at lunchtime on Wednesday.
KAP's Queensland parliamentary leader Ray Hopper was told via SMS as the statement was circulated to the media.
Mr Hopper said he was shocked by the decision but described him as a "good mate of mine and a good bloke".
He had no inclination Mr McLindon had considered relinquishing the job.
"I spent the day with him yesterday and left on good terms," Mr Hopper said.
Mr McLindon put out a statement at 12.05pm on Wednesday explaining he would cease being director on June 1.
"I have decided to hand over the reigns at a time where KAP has reached its highest support in the polls since its formation in 2011 to enable a fresh set of hands with a good team to ride home the next four months to election day to get the best possible result," he said in the press release.
"It's been a rollercoaster of a ride but I've loved every minute of it and it will be a chapter in my life that I will never forget."
He also wished good luck to KAP colleagues.
Mr McLindon was elected to State Parliament as the Member for Beaudesert with the LNP in 2009 before resigning to become an independent a year later.
He then formed The Queensland Party which was merged with the KAP in 2011 before losing his seat in the 2012 election.
Mr Hopper said Mr McLindon was "an absolute asset" to the party - a man who helped convince him to leave the side of the LNP in Queensland and join Katter's new party.
"He had a fair bit to do with it, yes," he said.
"I'm very saddened to see him go. I think the world of him," Mr Hopper said.
It is not yet clear whether Mr McLindon will remain a member of the party he has served for 14 months.
Mr McLindon did not return numerous requests for comment.
Mr Katter was not contactable before deadline on Wednesday.