Abuja – A frontline politician, Chief Abiola Ogundokun, said the decision of PDP to suspend Gov. Chibuike Amechi of Rivers was timely because members of political parties, who go against party rules should be punished.
He told reporters on Monday in Abuja that in present day politics, selfish interest and greed could not over ride the principles of the party.
Ogundokun said, “If you work against the decision of the party then you should be ready to face the music.
“The constitution of every party has a way of operating and stipulates the management system of the party, but some leaders don’t have respect for the constitution of the parties.”
He said that the governor’s suspension would serve as a deterrent to others for them to realise that no member of PDP was indispensable.
In his reaction, the National Secretary Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Malam Buba Galadima, said the suspension was a minus for PDP, adding that the party had now polarised itself.
Galadima said the party stood to lose many of its members stressing that “It is obvious any member, who is loyal to the governor will go with him and it will be a big minus to PDP.
The Alliance for Democracy (AD) National Secretary, Mr Rafiu Salau, said Amechi’s suspension was as good as asking him to leave the party.
He advised that the opposition must not use the event to commence controversy, rather they should see it as a way to strengthened democracy.
Salau advised that PDP should always apply crisis resolution method in handling it’s inter-party crisis and learn how to keep to the agreement.
Dr Yunisa Tanko, Chairman Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), said the matter on ground was party matter and any action taking by a political party if it did not conform to the party processes might spell danger.
“This might send a wrong signal to the lager society and beginning of the downfall of such a party.
He said PDP should give all concern a listening hears and be upright in its decision so as not to endanger the democratic dispensation.
Meanwhile, the Rivers Government on Monday described the suspension of Amaechi by the PDP as a political witch hunt.
Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, told NAN in Port Harcourt that the reason given for the suspension, which was suspension of the Obio/Akpor Council chairman and the 17 councillors, was purely a legislative matter.
She said the suspension of the chairman and councillors of Obio/Akpor council was done in accordance with the laws of Local Government Councils in Rivers.
Some residents of Port Harcourt, the state capital said they received the news of the governor’s suspension with surprise.
One of them, Mr Chidi Igwe, a businessman, said though he did not have enough details on the suspension, “it came to me as a huge surprise’’.
He urged the party to call the governor for a meeting to sort their differences out.
A school teacher, Mrs Rose Ndu, said teachers in the state would not take kindly to anything that would stop them from getting their monthly wages regularly.
“Governor Chibuike Amaechi is the only governor, who has paid us, primary and secondary school teachers salaries regularly. We will not be happy if the party goes ahead with his suspension,’’ she said. (NAN)