Update: Why PDP suspended Governor Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi

The PDP said Mr. Amaechi disobeyed the party’s state chapter.

Twenty four hours after the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, announced that the national secretariat is not officially aware of the problems in its Rivers State chapter, the party chairman, approved the suspension of the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

The issues that Mr. Tukur claimed ignorance of on Sunday are the same reasons for which the party’s National Working Committee, headed by him, held an emergency meeting on Monday morning to suspend the Rivers Governor.

While hosting selected journalists in his house on Sunday, Mr. Tukur said the Rivers PDP crisis is a state matter as the matter has not been brought to the national secretariat.

“It is a state affair for the time being. If somebody is fighting, you have to know what is happening. When they bring to us what is happening, at the centre, we take action,” the party chairman said.

Less than 24 hours later, the PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, announced in a statement that the NWC held an emergency meeting on Monday morning, and agreed to suspend Mr. Amaechi from the party.

Mr. Metuh said the NWC’s decision follows the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers Executive Committee against the Rivers state Governor “for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution following his refusal to obey the lawful directive of the Rivers State Executive Committee to rescind his decision dissolving the elected Executive Council of Obiokpor Local Government Area of Rivers State”.

The statement added that “the National Working Committee after preliminary hearing, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b) hereby suspends the Executive Governor of River State, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the PDP and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party”.

It also said the decision is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the party to enforce discipline at all levels within the Party.

Mr. Metuh did not state when the national secretariat was informed or if the national secretariat made any effort to hear from the governor or mediate in the crisis following the chairman’s Sunday’s confirmation that the secretariat had taken no action on the matter.

Meanwhile, the PDP currently has no disciplinary committee as the party leadership has failed to call a National Executive Council meeting to set up one.

Amaechi’s sins

Mr. Amaechi has had a turbulent time with the PDP leadership over his opposition to and criticism of major policies of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The Rivers Governor had criticised the corruption in the management of the petrol subsidy funds, and as chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, led the opposition to the federal government’s deduction from the federation account.

Perhaps his final albatross was his decision to re-contest the position of the NGF chairman, which he won last week after defeating Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau, who had the support of the party and the party’s governors forum, PDPGF.

Mr. Jang and his supporters, led by Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, have vowed to run a parallel NGF and the Plateau Governor has already declared himself Chairman of the Forum despite losing by 16 votes to 19.


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  • Adoki

    It is clear that the Nigerian media has thrown objectivity to the dustbin. There is a breaking news less than 1 hour old and a media outfit is already referring to the event as “controversial”.

    • trample

      Who really are you? Focus on issues my friend, stop and attacking the media. You can read the Guardian, Nation, Punch, Leadership, Daily Trust or listen to NTA, FRCN…if you are new to PTimes, then learn carefully— they write the reports, not cash and carry reports. Bet!

      • Adoki

        Brother, it is like you are not even aware that Premium Times themselves immediately removed the offensive word after I complained about it. So they admitted that they were wrong and I am right. So which one is your own? It is evident that my presence here is making a positive difference. You, what is your contribution?

        • Dora

          Ride on. All correct. The press can be sickening these days. They think 2015 can be won by this media war. How many people in my village read papers not to talk of online reports?

          • Sadiq Garba

            Who does politiking in the media, more than your oga at the top?

          • Dora

            You lie. White cannot become black. Nigerians are wiser now.

  • Evans Cole

    Amaechi, should respect the same party that he won with the
    name PDP in court. He is not bigger than PDP. First rules respect your party or
    you get out. He is greedy and a betrayer, this is not about everybody having a
    right to contest but party rules. When the Supreme Court pronounced Amaechi
    governor even when his name was not on the ballot, the Justices argued then,
    and some smart constitutional lawyers also did, that is was the party (PDP)
    that the people voted for, and not the individual whose name was on the ballot.
    Now, are these people also going to argue that, since Amaechi is no longer a
    member of the Party, he ceases to be governor? Very, very interesting indeed. He
    wants to eat from both sides he talk about party the same party he as no regard
    for. This big dream he as for now is wrong he must respect the party or call it
    quit he should not expect to b kick out, he deserve it, he is trying to rubbish
    the party he belongs to, can he do that to Buhari go and ask Abacha son what
    happen to the primary election in CPC in kano state.

    • Sadiq Garba

      @Evans Cole
      Where the party is wrong, Amaechi is doing a lot of good to challenge the decision.
      Rivers State where about to be robbed of their current level of development but for Amaechi insistance.
      Respect for the party is not thesame as respect for somebody’s interest, except if we are saying that the party must dance to a particular tune. Then the word democratic shopuld be removed from the party’s name.
      If Amaechi has no respexct for the party, he would not have remained a member of the party as he is running his second and final tenure. His decamping from the party would not have cost him his governorship as similar things happened in Zamfara and Bauchi States.
      PDP is only showing its arrongance to Nigerians and that it is only sychpancy that glitters in its fold.

      • concernednigerian

        And who was about to rob Rivers State and of what? You’re ignorant of Rivers State, are you not? Say what you know and leave out those that are beyond your comprehension.

        • Sadiq Garba

          See as you are putting your comment Mr. Know all.
          I was only referring to the fielding of Umehia instead of Amaechi by PDP. Umehia may not have done well as for the state Amaechi is doing.
          I don’t comment on what I don’t know please.

    • concernednigerian

      @ Evans Cole. You have said the truth but get ready to be mauled by those who placed sentiments above facts. Amaechi had no business contesting the NGF chaimanship since the PDP had provided a consensus candidate unless he was not a member of PDP. They should get him out of Brick House with immediate effect before he causes further havoc. It was on the basis of the PDP that he became a governor without contesting an election. Now that he has become bigger than the party, he should quit without further ado.

      • Sadiq Garba

        “You have said the truth but get ready to be mauled by those who placed sentiments above facts.”
        I begin to understand that Sentiment has different meaning to different people under different circumstances.

      • Omo Odua

        Concernednigerian, lookat what you said “the PDP had provided a consensus candidate”. Thus, the question is, why do we castigate all the five political parties that adopted Abacha as their candidate with the same consensus measurement? Do all PDP members accepted the consensus or majority of them?

        • Dora

          When Anaechi was consensus candudate two years ago, it was paddy paddy matter. Which one concern you these APC people in this matter.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)


      The points you raise are legit only if the matter of dispute relates to party activities, but the cause of conflict appears to be related to PDP’s attempt to interfere in public administration, not party matters.

      PDP may have been the platform for Amaechi’s position but it has no locus standi when it comes to making decisions on how the state is run. It can only advice on policy direction, not executive and legislative decisions.

      It is the state legislature that can make the request or order that the PDP is trying to usurp and it has not, in this case. Someone needs to remind the PDP that they may have produced the governor, but the governor is for all the state and not the party.

      An illegality cannot be the basis for sustaining another illegality.

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  • Dominic’s

    Pls can som1 tell me how Amaechi offended PDP’

    • Adoki

      Do you know how he joined the party?

      • Sadiq Garba

        it is through backyard.

        • Dora

          Just as his first election in 1999 was through the backdoor. You guys can cross check facts.

    • Sadiq Garba

      He offended the powers that be.
      He offended those who own the party.
      He has to be cut to size.
      Mind you, more governors are in similar trouble.

  • Adoki

    The initial headline by Premium Times was “Why PDP controvercially suspended Governor Amaechi” (See: nairaland on same). After my comments below, the site immediately removed the word “controversially” without the courtesy of an acknowledgement.
    Incidentally, The Premium Times initial headline definitely confirms the point I made earlier about their bias in reporting the NGF election.

    • Afam

      My Dear,from the day they started their publishing,right thinking mind will understand the hand writing on the wall….

    • Mad Man Fani Kayode

      Premium times is owned by El rufai so wat do u expect but bias against GEJ

  • igbiki

    Gov Amechi should be more careful to avoid their ultimate action which could either or both.

    Impeachment or even sudden and accidental death.

  • Yasin Nasidi

    Nigerian Constutuition is above the PDP constituition. GEJ is the first person to disobey the PDP constituition by contesting in 2011. Ameichi u are in the right direction.

    • Afam

      Go and bury your head in shame,you people are lucky he did not probe the wrong signing of our Budget by yaradua at the sick bed in GERMANY,who knows if the signature was forged..How fast Nigerians forget things..

  • Abuhanifah

    Quite interesting that somehow the prayers of the down-trodden and innocent citizens of our country is answered. More surprises shall come our way, keep watching.

  • olakunle

    Now we can begin to respect what Pastor Tunde Bakare said about GEJ not having any clear agenda before his election. The man everyone fought for when he was been victimized has now turned to be monster no one suspected him to be…