Diane James wrote "under duress" in Latin on her registration forms when taking over as leader, Ukip's Lisa Duffy has claimed.
The leadership candidate, backed by many in the anti-Farage wing of the party, said: "My understanding is that is what's happened, but I haven't got proof myself."
The former party director, who said she would not rule herself from running in another leadership election, said she was not surprised that James stood down so quickly, after offering no leadership over the past three weeks.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Duffy said: "I didn't believe this was something that she particularly wanted to do or had the passion to do. So I'm not surprised."
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Bill Etheridge, who stood against Diane James for leadership, said he was disappointed at her resignation adding she was supported by MEPs.
She has been in the role less than three weeks.