The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed insinuations that the crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) is the reason it suspended Sokoto State governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, saying the governor was sanctioned for acts which constituted gross misconduct against the party.
The party on Wednesday placed an indefinite suspension on Wamakko just a week after Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi was dealt a similar fate.
Explaining Wamakko’s suspension yesterday in a press statement, national publicity secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, recalled that sometime in April, the leadership of the party was concerned with the statements and conduct of the governor for which the national chairman placed several calls to draw his attention to them, but he showed nonchalance.
“However, it was not possible for the national chairman to speak with the governor despite several attempts. The national chairman thereafter, vide a letter dated April 12, 2013, requested an explanation to the NWC within seven days.
“Instead of replying the national chairman, Governor Wamakko directed the Sokoto State secretary of the party, Mallam Aminu Bello Sokoto, to reply the national chairman. The State party secretary in a letter dated April 14, 2013, and on the official letterhead of the Sokoto State Government House, replied the national chairman on behalf of the governor,” the party stated.
Metuh noted that all attempts at making Wamakko attend to the party’s quest was rebuffed.
“This amounted to gross disrespect and act of insubordination to a national officer and a lawful organ of the party which is in violation of Articles 58.1 (c), (h) and (m) of the PDP constitution which prescribed sanctions for any member who (c ) “disobeys or neglects to carry out lawful directives of the party or any organ or officer of the party”, (h) “engages in any conduct likely to cause disaffection among members of the party or is likely to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient conduct of the business of the party” and (m) “fails, refuses or neglects to treat a petition, complaints or appeal timeously” respectively.
“Nevertheless, the NWC, vide a letter dated April 17, 2013, requested Wamakko to appear before it on May 8, 2013, to clear the issues thereof.”
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.
The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.
He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.
The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.
He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.
“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?
“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.
The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.
Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.
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