Amaechi May Be Expelled On Wednesday From The Party
Mixed Reactions Trail Amaechi’s Suspension
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The suspension of Governor Amaechi today by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have spurred up agitation from Pro-Amaechi Governors who are backing him. According to information obtained by universalreporters.info there are indications that 14 governors who are members of the People Democratic Party leave the party should the party proceed with its decision to suspend the Rivers State Governor.
As gathered from sources, Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu, is spearheading the agitation for the rescinding of the Governor Amaechi’s suspension by the PDP. It is also gathered that the Niger State Governor has the backing of the other 13 governors who have vowed that they will rather leave the party than yield to President’s sheer bullying.
Meanwhile the PDP today set up an 11-man panel to investigate the allegations against Governor Rotimi Amaechi who also heads a faction of the Nigerian Governors Forum.
The Party upon setting up the investigative panel named a Senior Advocate of Nigeria; Joe Gadzama to head the panel as the panel’s terms of reference includes investigating Amaechi on allegations of allegations of anti-party activities and flouting the orders of the state chapter of his party.
Other things to be investigated is also 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.
However, sources within the PDP secretariat told universalreporters.info that the party has concluded plans to expel Governor Amaechi from the party, adding that Amaechi may be expelled from the party on Wednesday even as he said that the setting of the investigative panel is just a formality since the party knows what it is going to do already.
Meanwhile mixed reactions has continued to trail the suspension of Governor Amaechi from the Party, for instance Chief Abiola Ogundokun, said the decision of PDP to suspend Gov. Chibuike Amechi of Rivers was timely because members of political parties, who go against party rules should be punished. Speaking to reporters on Monday he said; “If you work against the decision of the party then you should be ready to face the music. “The constitution of every party has a way of operating and stipulates the management system of the party, but some leaders don’t have respect for the constitution of the parties.”
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on concerned founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to speak up and come together to save the party from imminent troubles capable of leading to avoidable implosion and mortal crisis.
In a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, Atiku said he was particularly disturbed by the worsening polarisation of the party and internal divisions which might weaken the party structures at the state and deepen the crisis between governors and the president.
The former Vice President explained that as one of the founding fathers of the party, he had a duty to call on other founding members to rise to the occasion and caution the forces that are bent on tearing the party apart and providing the ammo for self destruction.
He lamented the failure of the National Executive Council (NEC) to meet in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution and the inability of the Board of Trustees to rise to the occasion of arresting this ugly development.
According to him, the bitter internal divisions within the PDP, has led to crisis in the party leadership in some states, division in the Nigeria Governors Forum and the suspension of a sitting Governor over disagreements on principle could have been avoided if the founders of the party had added their voices of caution and moderation.
With the challenges of providing good governance and the bid for re-election in 2015, Atiku noted that the PDP could not afford the current acrimony as it is undermining democratic structures at all levels.
He warned that if the crisis was left unresolved, the PDP might find itself weaker and politically vulnerable ahead of future elections.
According to Atiku, a house divided against itself could not stand, adding that silence by concerned PDP stakeholders was a dangerous option at this point when the party faces the challenges of retaining its leadership in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Rivers Government on Monday described the suspension of Amaechi by the PDP as a political witch hunt.
Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, told NAN in Port Harcourt that the reason given for the suspension, which was suspension of the Obio/Akpor Council chairman and the 17 councilors, was purely a legislative matter.
She said the suspension of the chairman and councilors of Obio/Akpor council was done in accordance with the laws of Local Government Councils in Rivers.