PDP: Wamakko, Amaechi’s Suspension A Blunder -Lamido
by Abdulkadir Badsha Mukhtar & Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad
Gov. Sule Lamido
Jigawa State Governor and founding member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Malam Sule Lamido, yesterday joined the long list of chieftains of the party who have taken exception to the suspension of Governors Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State by the National Secretariat over alleged anti-party activities..Says: Amaechi is Authentic NGF Chairman
Governor Lamido made this view public in an interview he granted the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa Service, which was monitored by our correspondent in Abuja yesterday. The PDP suspended Governor Amaechi shortly after he was elected as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum last month, for disobeying an instruction by Rivers State Chapter of the PDP on an action taken by the House of Assembly on Obiakor Local Government. On the other hand, Governor Wamakko was suspended a fortnight ago for alleged gross disrespect and act of insubordination for refusing to respond to some queries by the PDP’s National Chairman. According to Governor Lamido in the BBC interview, the PDP is actually a very strong political party with an equally strong leadership, but at the same time, the governor described it as being very weak legally. “The present leadership of Bamanga Tukur is strong but it acts illegally,” Sule Lamido told BBC Hausa Service. Governor Lamido claimed that the National Chairman had been running the party on the basis of illegality because, among other things, Alhaji Tukur had failed to convene the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting since he assumed the top position in the PDP. The governor said that the “PDP Constitution directed that NEC meeting must hold at least once in three months, but it is unfortunate that this has not been adhered to since Bamanga Tukur became the Chairman of the PDP.” “It seems there is a failure of leadership in the PDP, but most importantly, members of the party know their rights, and they know what they are supposed to do in order to protect the interest of Nigerians,” Lamido said. On the issue of suspension of the two governors by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, Governor Lamido described the action as a blunder and a demonstration of the lack of knowledge of what the party needs. “Since our party leadership doesn’t operate in the interest of the PDP, to us, both Governors Wamakko and Amaechi are still members of the PDP, and we are supporting them. At the local level, they have the support of their people. So, maybe the leaders at the national level would wake up one day and realise that they have committed a blunder. “The party’s action sounds nonsensical, a blunder, because it doesn’t tally with what is the right and appropriate thing to do in the current circumstances,” the governor added. Governor Lamido told the BBC that as far as he was concerned, there is no faction in the Nigerian Governors Forum because it is not a political group. “If PDP leadership says it doesn’t agree with our election of Governor Amaechi, that is its problem. It’s leadership should come to our forum and say why.” The governor affirmed his faith in the party, however, by arguing that no matter the gravity of the crises facing the PDP, its members considered them as internal and would be tackled to its logical conclusion.