The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a committee to investigate the recent invasion of the Akwa Ibom State Government House in Uyo, the capital of the state.
The Department of State Service (DSS) had few weeks ago raided the Presidential Lodge in the official residence of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
Leading other members of the National Working Committee of the party on a visit to Governor Emmanuel on Tuesday, the acting National Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, described the incident as ‘unwarranted and a total breach and affront’ to the immunity clause of the 1999 Constitution.
Mr Secondus alleged that the invasion was an attempt by the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, to intimidate the people of Akwa Ibom State.
He described the action as barbaric and called on the DSS, to apologise to the people of the state.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Anikan Okon, told a news conference in Abuja on September 6, that the State Government would sue the DSS if it failed to apologise for the operation carried out at the governor’s official residence in the state capital.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a member of the party over the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.
The NWC also referred the suspension of Mr Amaechi to the party’s disciplinary committee for appropriate action.
The party’s NWC at an emergency meeting on Monday, agreed to suspend the Rivers state Governor following a petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee.
The party made this known in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.
According to the statement, the party “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 Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b) hereby suspends the Executive Governor of River State, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the PDP and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee 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” the statement concluded.
The state chapter of PDP in Rivers state has been embroiled in a prolonged crisis that has had 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and Speaker, suspended by the newly installed executives of the party in the state.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier sacked executive members of the party in the state that were loyal to Mr Amaechi and replaced them with the Felix Obuah led faction.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday moved to nip in the bud the crisis besetting the National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by summoning the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Turkur and the rest members of the NWC to the Presidential Villa to resolve their differences.
A festering crack had emerged within the national leadership of the ruling party which culminated in the convening of its NWC meeting on Tuesday by 10 members of the committee.
The meeting had excluded the national chairman over his stance on the sacking of party’s executive council of his home state, Adamawa and its recently conducted congresses.
Following the sacking of the council in October last year, the Adamawa state Governor, Murtala Nyako and other PDP governors appealed to the NWC to reconsider its stand but the national chairman of the party failed to yield grounds.
But the 10 members of the NWC had in last Tuesday’s meeting annulled the congresses conducted in Adamawa state by the caretaker committee that had been set up by the national leadership of the party and reinstated the executive council loyal to Governor Nyako.
The action did not however go down well with the Alhaji Tukur, who described it as a betrayal of trust on the part of his colleagues in the NWC.
Consequently, the NWC was unable to have its scheduled regular meeting on Wednesday at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, notably because of the refusal of the 10 members to have anything to do with the party boss.
This was said to have prompted the intervention of the President who summoned the feuding national officers to a meeting on Wednesday.
At the end of the meeting which took place in House 7 in the Presidential Villa, Alhaji Tukur told state house correspondents that the NWC members have resolved their differences, describing the members as the “first family of the PDP.”