Pro-Democracy Groups Condemn Wamakko's Suspension


A coalition of civil society organisations, has condemned the suspension of Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This is contained in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja and signed by the Executive Director, Centre for Policy Advocacy and Leadership Development (CPALD), Mr Joe Mesele.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the PDP National Working Committee had on 5June, suspended Wamakko for alleged insubordination.

The statement urged Nigerians to be wary of the actions of the NWC based on allegations that the governor did not pick the call of the party’s chairman.

It expressed concern over the “rising wave of pull-down syndrome in the polity”, describing it as “unfortunate and insensitive” since the election of Nigerian Governors Forum was conducted.

“We have found out that the allegation making round over the suspension of the governor is meant to ridicule and cow him.

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“This is unfortunate and should be condemned in its entirety,” it stated.

According to the statement, the governor has laboured so much to ensure victory of the party at all levels since he came on board.

The coalitions, however, urged Wamako not to be distracted by the antics of desperate politicians, adding that he should concentrate on consolidating dividends of democracy to the people.

The statement also called on the leadership of the party to as a matter of urgency rescind the suspension “considering the role of Wamakko in the North-west politics.

The groups include Transparency in Nigeria (TN), Centre for Policy Advocacy and Leadership Development (CPALD), Save Nigeria Group (SNG) and Electoral Reform Project Initiative (ERPI).

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