Suspension: PDP Makes U-Turn, Recalls Wamakko


Akin Akande, Abuja

The suspension slammed on Governor of Sokoto State Aliyu Wamakko by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), was on Monday rescinded on the appeal of the PDP Governors’ Forum.

The party has also resolved the controversy surrounding its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, with the directive to all statutory members of the party that it would hold its NEC meeting on Thursday, June 20 to address salient issues affecting the party.

Wamakko was suspended from the party on June 5 for alleged disrespect to the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

Rescinding the decision of the party after meeting with the committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to look into the crisis rocking the ruling party, the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur expressed optimism that the party would not have issues like these again.

He said: “This issue will never come again. It is a great party, we believe in our nation. We need a party as a platform to stand on, but base on unity, discipline and commitment.

“We rescind the suspension of our governor of Sokoto. NWC has rescinded the suspension of the Sokoto state governor on the appeal of the PDP Governors’ Forum and secondly the National Chairman is inviting the PDP statutory members to the meeting of National Executive Committee holding on Thursday, 20 at 12 noon.

“NEC is the requirement of our own party, to get in touch with the people to tell them of our programmes, like the state of the nation and also the state of the party. So we are going to have our NEC meeting on Thursday the 20th of this month by 12pm.

Appealing to the leadership of the party earlier, the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, Godswill Akpabio, who is also a member of the committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan, headed by Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim to look into the crisis rocking the ruling party, said that they (PDP governors) guarantee the party leadership that they would be of good conduct.

He also said while fielding questions from journalists on why Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi suspension was not considered that his case was in court.

“I want to thank the National Chairman and members of the working committee for granting us the privilege of this meeting today,” he said.

“We came as a selected committee of the Peoples Democratic Party to discuss the state of affairs of our great party, particularly the relationship between the working committee and the PDP governors and I want to say that we make a very strong appeal to the working committee on behalf of our colleague, the governor of Sokoto state, Governor Wamakko and our appeal was very simple that the working committee should consider the suspension,” he added.

He stated further: “We say as guarantors that we will be of good conduct and will do everything possible to continue to show respect to our part and to ensure that cordiality is maintain between the working committee and the PDP governors.

“We took this decision base on the numerous media reports, some of which are misleading and which are not really the true reflection of the relationship existing between the PDP governors and the working committee of our great party.

“We are mindful of the fact that we are governors today because the PDP gave us the opportunity to fly its flag and therefore, we will not do anything to undermine the party.

“Our appeal is that the working committee should reconsider the suspension of our colleague and just like they say both in the Koran and in the Bible that when your child offends you, you chastised the child but you call him back.

“The suspension is a clear indication that the party does not like indiscipline, but we appeal that the decision should be rescinded and we undertake to ensure that our colleague, the governor of Sokoto would come with us to meet with the working committee and then of course whatever issue that is contention will be definitely resolved, that is our appeal and that was our mission.

“And the other aspect of what the working committee has also acceded to is the request by the PDP governors and in fact both members of PDP across the nation that there is need for us to have the National Executive Council (NEC), we have not have it for quite sometimes now, so that we can look at the status of our party and discuss issues affecting us.”