Update: We don’t care about Nigerians opinions on Amaechi’s suspension – PDP

Nigeria’s ruling party stated this at a press conference.

Few hours after it announced the suspension of the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday raised an 11-member committee to investigate the petition by some members of the party in the state against the governor.

The party also said that the opinions of Nigerian members of the public do not matter or influence its decision as a party.

The party also washed its hand off the crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), over the latter’s election last week, which led to two PDP governors laying claim to the headship of the Forum.

The investigative panel, according to the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, at a news conference in Abuja, is headed by Joe Gadzama, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.

Other members are Victor Kwon, Inalegwu Onche, Friday Nwosu, Udorji Amedu, Ola Kukuyi, and Wakil Mohammed.

Yusuf Jangwe, Bola Doherty, Tanimu Adamson are also members; while Anicho Okoro is to serve as secretary.

The investigative panel, which “is expected to handle all matters in connection with NWC decision suspending the governor,” was not given any time frame within which to conclude its assignment as Mr. Metuh said it would be announced later.

Suspension not related to Governors Forum

The PDP had, in a statement earlier in the day, announced Mr. Amaechi’s suspension over the crisis in the Rivers State chapter of the party.

However, pundits suspect that the governor was suspended because of the crisis in the NGF, whose chairmanship seat he reclaimed after defeating his Plateau State counterpart, Jonah Jang, alleged to have been sponsored by the Presidency and the ruling party.

Mr. Metuh, while responding to questions, debunked the insinuation that the party suspended Mr. Amaechi because of his role in the NGF crisis, saying that the NWC received the report since last week and had to act on it on Monday (this week.)

“I can confirm to you that the NWC received this report of the issue last week. The petition we received from the state executive committee of Rivers State is public knowledge,” he said.

Mr. Metuh’s claim conflicts with that of the party chairman, Bamanga Tukur, who said on Sunday that the Rivers PDP was yet to inform the national secretariat of its crisis with the governor.

The PDP spokesman further justified Monday’s emergency meeting to suspend the Rivers Governor.

“We did not wait till after the election. NWC meets on Wednesdays and because next Wednesday is a public holiday that is why we held an emergency meeting today.”

“We must refer the petition to a committee and that is why the NWC has set up this committee to handle it.”

“The state party did not handle the matter of the governor. They referred it to the NWC to handle. Now we have set up an investigative panel immediately because of the suspension of the governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, from the party pending the outcome of the investigative panel,” he said.

He said that the party does not have any direct dealing with the NGF, which he described as a non-partisan body and therefore could not have suspended Mr. Amaechi over the controversy trailing the election.

According to him, the PDP is only concerned about the party’s Governors Forum led by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, which it set up last February, adding that it is only the governors that attended the meeting where the NGF’s election held that could speak on the matter.

“Let me state it clearly that the leadership of PDP believes that NGF is a non-partisan body constituted by all governors from all the parties in Nigeria. We do not have direct dealing with NGF,” he said.

“The outcome of the election, the reactions, whatever happens we expect the governors who attended the meeting to speak. As a party, we will only concern ourselves with the activities of the PDP Governors’ Forum.”

We don’t care about Nigerians opinions

The PDP spokesman said the party does not bother about how Nigerians view its actions or the impression its action would create in the minds of the public, insisting that the Mr. Amaechi was not suspended over the NGF crisis.

“You do not take a decision because you want to make the public glad but what is in the interest of the party,” he said.

He said the party did not commit any procedural error by suspending Mr. Amaechi before setting the investigate panel, noting that the committee had since been constituted.

Asked if President Goodluck Jonathan, as the leader of the party, was consulted before the panel was set up, he said the NWC was capable of taking any decision on issues affecting the party.

Mr. Metuh said, “The constitution gives the NWC the right and the discretion to handle the affairs of the party. We have not had any reason to set up a disciplinary committee and investigative committee in the first instance and because this issue has come up under our constitution we must set up a committee to look at it.”

He debunked the claim the NWC relied on the party’s constitution that has not been adopted by the convention to suspend Mr. Amaechi.

According to Mr. Metuh, the constitution was adopted by the national convention of the party in 2012, noting that when it was taken for printing, there were some spelling and grammatical error which needed to be corrected.

He added that the National Executive Committee, NEC, does not need to ratify what the convention had approved.


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  • sir king

    With all due respect mr metuh, I think ur father is a goat! Idiot

  • Tunde

    It’s so amazing how these DPP people are digging and plotting their own demise. It’s so glaring that the end of this party is just too sure. Keep on lying Mr Mantu or whatever you call yourself. The truth will always prevail.

  • Adegboyega

    Have you seen why Olisa Metu and PDP will never lead Nigeria to the promised land. I think this foolish man oliseh Metuh is mentaly deranged. You don’t care about the opinions and feelings of Nigerians and then who are you people leading. Why suspending Amaechi before the investigation of the petition, he should have been allowed to be in the party while the investigation is being conducted. Is this not the same thing that Rivers state House of Assembly did in the case of Obi/Akpor LGA that warrant Gov Amaechi,s suspention from the party. Rest in peace PDP. Up APC down PDP.

  • Shenzhen

    You are indeed the goat, mumu, an by force to be in PDP, if you are not needed in a place, you change location. If I don’t want you in my house na sin?

    • saintkuz

      Shenzen, you are the real father of goats…..I belonged to no party mind you & I’ve never voted in nigeria before because of all these rigging of a thing but come 2015, I’m fully prepared to vote the beast called PDP out because I now have a tangible reason to do so.Nothing good is gonna come out of ur rubbish gathering called PDP. U people should be ashamed yourself aba! Ah! U people are so full of shits….. PDP will ceased to be in Nigeria’s driver’s seat in 2015 by God’s Grace.

  • Ide4u

    A goat is more honourable than Metuh. He is an epitome of mischief

  • kome ovo

    I’m so happy that PDP is teethering on the verge of self-destruction but if Buhari is all APC has to offer then indeed Nigeria is in trouble. Please people in the next elections let’s vote for credible individuals anywhere we see them not political parties Buhari is a part of the Nigerian problem as a coup plotter and former dictator. Apart from that, the APC is basically loaded with disgruntled elements that couldn’t survive the PDP power play.

    • Bala R

      How old are Mr Kome Ovo? Pls be honest.

    • Ide4u

      May God give you the opportunity to visit where true democrats live and how they behave. There is no difference between the PDP controlled government and a military regime.

      • Adoki

        Please tell us where these ‘true democrats’ live?

        • Ide4u

          In the Western World

          • Adoki

            Ok, I thought you want to tell me that they live in Western Nigeria.

          • Ide4u

            It’s not funny, Nigeria is in a mess.

        • Es3

          Adoki,
          Ide4u’s true democrats maybe ACN and CPC??? You can see his bias on his forehead based on this comment?! He purposefully left out the other parties when none is different from the other!
          If not, he would have compared apples to apples and not to yam!!!

  • Bala R

    I AM BECOMING MORE SCARED WITH THESE DRUNKARDS.

  • Ette

    If they do not care about the opinions of Nigerians, why should Nigerians care to cast one vote for anyone on the platform of such wicked and corrupt party. God is disgracing them everyday leading to their destruction. Please let Nigerians come together and elect people of conscience into positions of leadership. So terrible that we excel in all facets of life yet we find it difficult to elect people who have conscience to give us good leadership.

  • Adoki

    I just listened to Fashola on Channels TV. The man (Fashola) never cease to impress me. He Simply says the matter is an internal matter between PDP members. So I am at a loss as to the agenda of Premium Times in all these.

  • Adoki

    Fellow forumites, please help me analyse these:

    (1) What the man actually said is this – “You do not take a decision because you want to make the ‘public’ glad but what is in the interest of the party”. The Nigerian ‘public’ refers to everybody in the society including members of PDP, CPC, ACN, APGA, DPP, ANPP etc, etc. Therefore, what he said is simply logically that the PDP executive do not take decision (relating to internal PDP matters) to please everybody in other parties, but only the PDP people. So what is all these sensationalism by Premium Times?

    (2) This Premium Times article was written barely an hour after the story broke. Yet, the site already concluded that “However, pundits suspect that the governor was suspended because of the crisis in the NGF”. Usually, you get reactions from pundits when they start discussing the event on other news media. So help me ask Premium Times how they manage to collate the reactions of ‘pundits’ within one hour of the story breaking?

    • Es3

      Adoki,
      I’m glad that someone is now what i have been seeing and talking about on or off this forum all these while!!!
      For so many here, their pathological hatred for Jonathan dies them the opportunity of looking at issues on its own and based on acceptable norms and practices. To them, once Jonathan has been mentioned in it, it does not matter again whether he is even actually involved or not, he is guity as charged???!
      I may not be a PDP or party member at that, but I must thank you for your objective reasoning here as I do not remember when ACN or CPC took decisions in the past to please PDP?! Someone can remind me, if any?!

      • Bohrss

        I thought it says “Nigerians” not opposition parties. Or are you guys Abati’s and the Okupe’s of this forum?. What you should have enlighten us is that man is not omnibelovelent and we should accept the mistakes PDP are making.

        • Adoki

          Did you read the man’s speech at all? Next time you see sensational news headlines about what somebody said, I advise you to go straight to the verbatim quotation. Don’t be deceived by the words used by the these media outfits to sell their news.

          • Bohrss

            Last paragraph The PDP spokesman said “the party does not bother about how Nigerians view its actions or the impression its action would create in the minds of the public, insisting that the Mr. Amaechi was not suspended over the NGF crisis.” Your comment clearly shows that you are addressing yourself if I’m not mistaken.

        • Es3

          Bohrss,
          The issue here is not we are Abati and Oukpe rolled into one, but the role of ACN, CPC and ANPP on the case!!!
          Read the story from various online Nigerian news sources and you will see the basis for my comment: all of them quote copiously from ACN, CPC and ANPP’s rejection and criticism of PDP for suspending a member of PDP – not that of ACN, CPC or ANPP?!
          Is that not very intriguing?!!!

  • Dont worry Sir, you will one day care about what the Nigerian public care about your actions.

  • Henry Asede

    The PDP should put its house in order by reconciling Mr. President and Governor Amechi, they are from the same zone and should work together to better Nigeria, none of them should betray each other.

  • Surgical Tariah jnr

    PDP is a finished idea. If this group of goons and jerks say they don’t care about Nigerians’s opinion on the marginalization of Gov Amaechi, then we should waste time to tell them that we will not wait for another election to kick them out. The Nigerian Revolution is heating up! Shame upon you, p.d.p. papa destroy pikin. Nigerians are finished with you.

  • Sunday Adeleye

    Say what ever you like,pdp don’t give a dam.That is their song.

  • Kayode

    People Duping People (PDP) will scatter this country if Nigerians fail to rescue this nation from them