By Ahmed Mohd
It is a wonder how a man like Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, who inherited a ‘’ dead PDP ‘’ in 2007 in Sokoto state could have been heinously suspended from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP by the party’s National Working Committee, NWC.
Wamakko had indeed revived the party from its state of coma in 2007 and breathed into it, making it the ruling party in the state win control over the legislature and the executive and winning all elective offices in the state. Expectedly, the dastardly action indeed stirred the hornet’s nest locally, nationally and even internationally.
A former PDP Chairman in the state who is presently the Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Muhammadu Arzika Tureta described it as a betrayal saying the suspension was “without recourse to procedures, justice and equity as enshrined in article 21 of the PDP constitution.”
So, it was not surprising that when the governor returned from an official trip abroad on June 12, 2013 that he was faced with an unprecedented crowd who poured out to receive him.
The enormity of the outpouring was seen in the fact that some minutes after 4.00 pm when the charted aircraft conveying the governor and Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and other associates tried to land it could not because the tarmac had been flooded by supporters of the governor.
The aircraft had to be diverted to Kaduna until the crowd thinned out later in the evening before the governor returned to Sokoto.
The sight of the governor as he deplaned was electrifying. The thousands of supporters who still camped at the airport supporters and who had waited patiently all-day to welcome back Wamakko chorused “Sai Alu and Allahu Akbar – God is great.” The echo was deepening and the action of the supporters was heart warming and consoling.
The Governor was received at the airport by a strong contingent of the executive and the legislature led by his loyal deputy, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari and the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Lawalli Zayyana.
The airport reception over, the surging crowd moved to Government House , Sokoto where hordes of other PDP supporters had waited patiently for several hours to listen to the wise counsel of Governor Wamakko and Aminu Tambuwal.
Governor Wamakko did not disappoint them, rousing the morale of the people and describing his suspension as an illegal action taken by some Abuja based opportunists.
“The action is a display of ignorance of the rules involved and in total disregard to the provision of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria , section 40 .They are mere opportunists and sycophants who do not mean well to PDP and Nigeria,” Wamakko asserted.
He wondered how a person who made the party to clinch 100 per cent of all the elective positions in 2011 from its dead and zero posts in 2007 could be suspended by some erratic, careless and senseless individuals. He also recalled how he strenuously and tirelessly worked to stabilize the PDP nationally and in various for a and crises situations.
Recalling his efforts in consolidating the fortunes of the party within and outside Sokoto, he said: “Therefore let me challenge Mr. Bamanga Tukur and his boss Ahmed Gulak to tell the world what they have done for the PDP so that we will be able to judge as to who is really more PDP between Bamanga Tukur and myself and his ignorant team,” Wamakko fumed.
Wamakko also advised President Goodluck Jonathan to according to the constitution of the PDP , direct for the convening of the party’s NEC meeting immediately to remove Bamanga Tukur from PDP Chairmanship before he succeeds in destroying it .
“Bamanga is running the party as his personal private business . Ahmed Gulak should be sacked from being your (President’s) political Adviser as he lacks the relevant credentials to be so. He is only gaining more enemies day by day because of his incompetence and arrogance ,” Wamakko , said .
Continuing, he said: “for the avoidance of doubt, let it be known to all and sundry that neither Sokoto nor its governor nor its people can be intimidated, harassed, coerced into submission in any form except on the basis of mutual respect.”