NGF: PDP Suspends Wamakko For Disloyalty

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Akin Akande, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday suspended the executive Governor of Sokoto State, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, as a member of the party over what it described as breach and disregard to the Party’s Constitution.

The suspension might not be unconnected with the alleged support some PDP governors gave the factional chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Amaechi that enabled him to edge out the party’s preferred candidate, Jonah Jang at the last election of the Forum.

The suspension of Wamakko brings the number of governors suspended from the party to two since the controversial NGF election as the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi was the first governor to be axed by the party over anti-party activities. 


The result of the election of chairman for the NGF is still being contested as both Amaechi and Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State are claiming victory.

Wammakko is believed to be   one of the PDP governors that supported Amaechi against the party’s anointed choice of Dr. Jonah Jang of Plateau State in the NGF election.

The party said that Wamakko 
had on several occasion ignored invitations and lawful directives of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and has continued to show complete apathy to the affairs of PDP and contempt to an organ of the Party.


 The ruling party has, however, referred the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party.

Wammakko is believed to be   one of the PDP governors that supported Amaechi against the party’s anointed choice of Dr. Jonah Jang of Plateau State in the NGF election.

In a communiqué issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP warned that it would enforce discipline at all levels within the Party.


The communiqué reads: “the National Working Committee (NWC) at its 338th meeting held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 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, 2013 
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.”