Update: Sokoto PDP disowns national secretariat over suspension of Gov. Wamakko

Aliyu Wamakko

The state executives said Mr. Wamakko remains their leader.

The Sokoto state chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has disowned the National Working Committee, NWC of the party over its decision to suspend Governor Aliyu Wamakko from the party.

The NWC, after its Wednesday meeting, suspended Mr. Wamakko for alleged anti-party activities.

The decision of the state chapter of the party was announced Thursday in Sokoto in a press conference addressed by the state commissioner of Agriculture, Mohammed Arzuka Tureta, on behalf of the State Working Committee, SWC.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that Mr. Tureta addressed the media on behalf of the SWC, despite the presence of the chairman, Sabo Madawaki, because the latter cannot communicate in English language.

All the other members of the State Working Committee were also present at the briefing, except the secretary, Aminu Bello who had earlier been suspended by the NWC for accepting to reply a letter sent to the Governor by the National Chairman of the Party, Bamanga Tukur.

The Sokoto PDP leaders in their address said they felt betrayed by the NWC in hastily taking the decision to suspend Mr. Wamakko without recourse to the party executive at the state level which contravenes article 21 of the PDP constitution. They added that Mr. Wamakko had been a loyal and committed member of the party in the state, under whose leadership the party recorded 100 per cent success in all elective offices.

The state party leaders advised the national secretariat to “stop listening to rumours mongering, hearsay and unsubstantiated claims by Abuja based Sokoto state politicians”.

They also argued that what the PDP needs at this moment is for “all hands to be deck in unity at all levels,” adding that “we wish to affirm our loyalty to his Excellency Governor Magatakarda Wamakko who is the leader of the PDP in Sokoto state”.


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  • Kasarawa

    This is becoming more and more interesting. So what next? Are they also going to be expelled from the party. In my own opinion GEJ and co are suffering from “confusion syndrome”. One of the early symptoms of this condition was inability of Jonathan to deliver his speech at the just concluded AU summit because he was heavily drunk the previous night. Second is the expulsion of governor Rotimi Amaechi from PDP. Now Wamakko is also suspended. Bamanga has said it – more governors will follow. If not properly treated this condition will result into total PDP failure, collapse and eventually death. RIP PDP.

    • OLA PEDRO

      the Fulanis are not used to internal discipline-they dont take orders from above-most especially their governors

      • Kasarawa

        On the contrary, Fulanis are the most disciple ethnic tribe in Nigeria. The literal meaning of the word “fulatanci” ( derived from fulani) is someone very shy, obedient and respectful. We also posses another character – we are always satisfied with the little we have and we dont tolerate nuisance from anybody.

  • OLA PEDRO

    Anoda Fulani boko haramic mentality at play again-The Federal Might suspends the governor of a state-and the local chapter of the party says what? They don’t recognize the national leadership of the party in abuja? That is madness at its best- Go and answer the query or u quit the party for APC period. Its better to have one loyal member of the party than have 150 million Amaechis throw stone at the president

    • Kasarawa

      Another Fulani boko haramic mentality or Naija Deltan’s barbaric drunkard mentality? Don’t you get it? Nigerians want to send a strong message to PDP. Sokoto is just the starting point of a revolution that will make sure that in 2015 GEJ or any other clueless opportunist will not cling to power.

      • OLA PEDRO

        which PDP sokoto are u talking about-what happened during the election of abiola- your south east did not vote for him-yet he won–Sokoto voted for tofa- I begi make we hear better voice and ideas-not all these regional noise of old- was buhari not in the south east twice-because of population why did he not win

    • Uduak

      APC is full, my dear, let him find anoda party

      • OLA PEDRO

        Information reaching The African Opinion has it that the leader of Action Congress of Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter Mr Abiye Sekibo who was the party’s governorship standard bearer in the 2011 gubernatorial election has resigned his membership of the party.

        His resignation was made available in a statement by the party’s publicity secretary Mr Jerry Needam.

        According to Dr Sekibo in a letter dated Wednesday, June 5, 2013, addressed to the National Chairman of the Party, his resignation is based on personal reasons.
        “I wish all my friends and colleagues who are still in the party well”, Dr Sekibo said.

    • jonathan

      mptikwelu_na_ola_pedro_na_afam, why are you this angry? Abeg take am easy mpitikelu_na_deri_na_salisu_dan Gombe

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    SOKOTO Local govt disowns state PDP

    • we nogo die

      Possible. The state can go ahead and suspend everybody at the local govt. Equally,the national may chose to suspend the whole of Sokoto from pdp or even expel everybody in pdp from sokoto state. Let them do that for rivers, Niger, gombe, adamawa, any state they suspect opposition to jonathans agenda for 2015. At the end of the day, it will be clear which states pdp has members.

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    Wallahi, I think we have made our worst political mistake in the North by not supporting and strengthening the government and presidency of Goodluck Jonathan. We have shown him so much disrespect and vehement opposition never imagined in the minds of those who worked closely with the Sardauna, Sir Ahmadu Bello to build bridges of trust with the not-so-major ethnic groups in Nigeria; and with their support we were able to dominate the other two major tribes: Yoruba and Ibo. I will not be surprised if the North pays dearly for what we are doing to Jonathan. I must thank Allah for the foresight of Yuguda, Shema and a few others.

  • Adoki

    Did they ‘own’ the national secretariat in the first place?

  • Mani_Kay

    Please read and I quote: “PREMIUM TIMES learnt that Mr. Tureta addressed the media on behalf of the SWC (State Working Committee), despite the presence of the chairman, Sabo Madawaki, because the latter cannot communicate in English language.” ========== This is the problem and it is from this kind of background that we end up having the likes of Hon. Aminu Tambuwaal.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      they excel in mediocrity

  • igbiki

    PDP, the war within.

    Or self annihilation.

    Or Implosion…

    Its about time to kill the PDP!

  • emmanuel

    This same man is the beneficiary of the most despicable supreme court judicial irresponsibility when they hijacked a judgement of the appeal court after collecting huge bribes

    God is punishing the PDP for its evil. After all, ACN in River state suspended and its NWC reversed, why can PDP that is stronger not effect its order to the latter? We are watching. This soap opera.

  • tayo2008

    The state chairman of the PDP in Sokoto state Alhaji Sabo Madawaki who cannot communicate in English Language should have been allowed to address the press in Hausa, his mother tongue because there is nothing in our laws that barred a man from communicating in his mother tongue in any official engagement. Chinese officials speak chinese, the same thing with the Russians, Japanese, Koreans, the Latin American countries and many others. When will Africans divest themselves of this vile colonial mentality and servitude and be proud of their own culture for God sake?

    • Voice of Nigeria

      This means you are in support of Boko Haram that forbids what they call Western Education.

  • Ette

    May God continue to put spanners in their midst till the corrupt party called PDP is completely dismantled. Whatever you sow is what you w ill reap. It is time for the wicked party to reap the crises they have sown in this country. May God give us leaders who have integrity and are ready to provide services to the people. God bless Nigeria.