FOR allegedly voting for Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State during the May 24 Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) chairmanship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday suspended Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State.
It is believed the big stick will also be wielded against some of his counterparts, such as Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano) and others.
Amaechi was suspended a week ago by the party.
The same provisions of the constitution that the party cited in Amaechi’s suspension was also cited for Wamakko’s suspension.
Ironically, PDP presently has no disciplinary committee as the party is uncomfortable to inaugurate the committee the Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, would statutorily chair.
Jaja is at loggerheads with the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
In the statement suspending Wamakko, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) at its 338th meeting held on
Wednesday, June 5, extensively discussed the state of the party across the nation and its members as well as the repeated breaches and disregard to the party’s Constitution by his Excellency, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State.
“The NWC notes that on several occasions, Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko had ignored invitations and lawful directives of the NWC in this regard and has continued to show complete apathy to the affairs of the party and contempt to an organ of the party.
“Consequent upon the refusal of the governor to honour yet another invitation by the NWC to appear before it today, Wednesday, June 5, without any reason, the Committee, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 57 (7), 58. 1(c ),(h), (f) and 59 (1),(2), hereby suspends the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda
Wamakko, as a member of the party 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”.