While still basking in the euphoria of his victory at the chairmanship election of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum on Friday, Governor Rotimi Amaechi on Monday received what seems to be a shocking birthday gift as the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party announced his suspension as a member of the party.
The suspension was announced in a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee of the party on Monday.
The communique signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh reads inter alia:
“The National Working Committee at its emergency meeting on Monday 27, May, 2013 considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee against His Excellency, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution.
The National Working Committee after preliminary hearing, in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b) hereby suspends the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a members of the PDP and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committees of the Party
This is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the party to enforce discipline at all levels within the party”.