Former Works Minister and one of the leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe has said that Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi deserves suspension from the party.
In an interview with a television station monitored in Lagos on Tuesday, Ogunlewe said Amaechi’s suspension by the National Working Committee of the PDP was proper because the governor has disdain for the supremacy of the party, and trying to prove that he is more ‘clever’ than its leader, President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ogunlewe said if governor Amaechi cannot subject himself to the authority and supremacy of the PDP and feels disdain for its leader, it is better he joins another party.
“We all know that the leader of the PDP today is President Goodluck Jonathan. And you cannot be proving that you are clever and smarter than the President, while still being a member of the same party. It goes against the principle of party supremacy,” he said.
The National Working Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had on Monday suspended Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.
A statement issued PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, reads:
“The National Working Committee at its emergency meeting on Monday, 27 May, 2013 considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers Executive Committee against His Excellency, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution following his refusal to obey the lawful directive of the Rivers State Executive Committee to rescind his decision dissolving the elected Executive Council of Obiokpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“The National Working Committee after preliminary hearing, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b), hereby suspends the Executive Governor of River State, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the PDP and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party.
“This is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the Party to enforce discipline at all levels within the Party.”