The NWC of Nigeria’s ruling party took the decision.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has suspended the Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko.
The National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling party, rising from its 338th meeting Wednesday evening, said it “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 party said that on several occasions, Mr. Wamakko ignored invitations and lawful directives of the NWC and has continued to show complete apathy to the affairs of the party and contempt to one of its organs.
A communiqué of the meeting, signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said “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, 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,” the communiqué said.
The party did not list the specific anti-party activities of the Sokoto governor and is yet to constitute a disciplinary to review his actions.
Mr. Wamakko’s suspension comes about two weeks after the party suspended Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State. The party has since set up a disciplinary committee to review Mr. Amaechi’s alleged crimes.