The National Caucus of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has explained that the suspension of Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers was not lifted because it did not want to act in subjudice of a pending court case on the matter.
The party organ gave the explanation late on Tuesday after a meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
In a parley with State House correspondents after the closed-door meeting which came to a close at about 11 p.m., the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, said the body was briefed on Amaechi’s suspension.
Akpabio explained that lifting Amaechi’s suspension would amount to over-reaching the decision of a competent court, sitting on the case challenging the action.
According to Akpabio, the National Working Committee (NWC) easily arrived at the decision to lift the suspension of Sokoto governor Aliyu Wamakko because the matter was not in court.
“The PDP National Caucus was fully briefed on all issues pertaining to the party.
“We made an appeal to the NWC to look at the suspension but the one of the Rivers State Governor is sub-judice because he has gone to court.
“The one of Sokoto did not go to court and so the suspension was lifted,” Akpabio explained.
Information Nigeria recalls that Amaechi was suspended on May 27, over allegations concerning his refusal to heed the party’s instruction to reinstate the elected council chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council in Rivers.
Wamakko, on the other hand, who was suspended on June 5 for alleged serial disobedience to party authority, had been recalled by the party.