The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed insinuations that the crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) is the reason it suspended Sokoto State governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, saying the governor was sanctioned for acts which constituted gross misconduct against the party.
The party on Wednesday placed an indefinite suspension on Wamakko just a week after Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi was dealt a similar fate.
Explaining Wamakko’s suspension yesterday in a press statement, national publicity secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, recalled that sometime in April, the leadership of the party was concerned with the statements and conduct of the governor for which the national chairman placed several calls to draw his attention to them, but he showed nonchalance.
“However, it was not possible for the national chairman to speak with the governor despite several attempts. The national chairman thereafter, vide a letter dated April 12, 2013, requested an explanation to the NWC within seven days.
“Instead of replying the national chairman, Governor Wamakko directed the Sokoto State secretary of the party, Mallam Aminu Bello Sokoto, to reply the national chairman. The State party secretary in a letter dated April 14, 2013, and on the official letterhead of the Sokoto State Government House, replied the national chairman on behalf of the governor,” the party stated.
Metuh noted that all attempts at making Wamakko attend to the party’s quest was rebuffed.
“This amounted to gross disrespect and act of insubordination to a national officer and a lawful organ of the party which is in violation of Articles 58.1 (c), (h) and (m) of the PDP constitution which prescribed sanctions for any member who (c ) “disobeys or neglects to carry out lawful directives of the party or any organ or officer of the party”, (h) “engages in any conduct likely to cause disaffection among members of the party or is likely to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient conduct of the business of the party” and (m) “fails, refuses or neglects to treat a petition, complaints or appeal timeously” respectively.
“Nevertheless, the NWC, vide a letter dated April 17, 2013, requested Wamakko to appear before it on May 8, 2013, to clear the issues thereof.”