The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has explained that the Sokoto State Governor, Dr. Aliyu Wamakko was suspended owing to antiparty activities that predate the current crisis in the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).
Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh who made the clarification said the governor was suspended for act of disrespect and insubordination to national officers of the party.
“Sometimes in early April, the leadership of the party was concerned with the statement and conduct of the governor whereupon, the national chairman placed several calls to draw the attention of the governor to the matter concerned”, he said adding that it was not possible for the chairman to speak with the governor.
He explained that the national chairman vide a letter dated 12th April, 2013 requested an explanation to the national working committee within 7days but that instead of replying the chairman, the governor directed the state secretary of the party Mallam Aminu Bello to reply the national chairman in a letter dated April 14, 2013 on the official letter head of the state government, adding that the attitude amounts to nothing but gross disrespect, which violates Article 58(1) c, h and m of the party.
“Nevertheless, the NWC vide letter dated April 17, 2013, kindly requested His Excellency, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko to appear before it on the 8th of May, 2013 to clear the issue thereof”, he said adding that instead of appearing before the party, the governor choosed to travel out of the country on June 5, 3013 without any form of response to the party. Metuh said that while the party respects all elected officers, they also owe it a duty to reciprocate it by respecting the constitution and lawful organ of the party, upon which they hold their offices.