PDP CRISIS:PLOT TO SUSPEND SPEAKER OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FAILS



An
attempt to suspend the Speaker of the House of Representative, Aminu Tambuwal,
by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), over his alleged alliance with the
opposition, has failed.
The
national leadership of the party which launched the hate criticism against the
speaker, was rebuffed by his home chapter of the PDP, in Tambuwal Local
Government Area of Sokoto State.


The plot was for the PDP local chapter to announce Tambuwal’s expulsion last
Thursday, after which the national leadership will intervene by converting
expulsion to suspension ‘pending investigation.’
According
to a Nigerian Eye report:
However, party sources said the local executive
members of the party saw through the instigation and declared that it was
beyond them to expel him.They advised those who had complaints against the
Speaker to lodge same with the state executive council of the party.
“The plan was to get the L.G.A chapter of the party
to expel the Speaker. If that had happened, the national leadership would have
intervened by revoking the expulsion order and placing the Speaker on
suspension while it claims to be looking into the allegations against him,”
sources said.
“That way, other lawmakers plotting to defect to
the All Progressives Congress (APC) would have been cowed. But in spite of the
heavy pressure mounted on them, the leadership of the PDP in the council
declined to go all the way with the plan. Instead, they requested that those
with genuine complaints against Tambuwal should report him to the state
executive committee.”
The Nation also learnt that days before the botched
meeting, some chieftains of the party in the state had gone round urging PDP
members in the LGA to append their signatures and names to a “vote of no
confidence” motion meant to be passed on the Speaker after his planned
expulsion.
It was however gathered that the Speaker survived
the plot through the intervention of Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko. The
Governor, according to sources, prevailed upon the party chieftains in Tambuwal
not to allow themselves to be used to disturb the peace of the state.
“The governor, though no longer a
member of the PDP, enjoys the respect of many of the leading chieftains of the
party, especially at the grassroots level. Aside that, he was able to explain
to the politicians that any move that is capable of threatening the position of
Tambuwal as the Speaker will create chaos in Sokoto State,” one source said.

The national leadership of the party is
understood to have compiled a list of allegations against the Speaker with
which it intended to defend the planned suspension.
The Nation learnt that senior party officials are
not only displeased with the Speaker for his close relationship with the
leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) , they are also irked by his
recent criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan.”His recent criticism of
President Goodluck Jonathan and the party leadership and his presence at a
meeting of APC stalwarts in Abuja are some of the reasons why the party wants
to place him on suspension as soon as possible. He will soon be suspended,” a
party source said.
It was also gathered that the current move against
Tambuwal may be pre-emptive. According to party sources, some chieftains of the
party and some senior presidency officials are of the opinion that it is better
to take the shine off Tambuwal’s rumoured defection by kicking him out of the
party first.
“Convinced that nothing can be done to stop the
Speaker from joining the APC sooner or later, some stalwarts of the party
within the presidency and the party leadership has been able to convince Tukur
and Jonathan that it is better to kick him out of the party before he announces
his defection to the APC. That way, they feel the shine will be taken off the
Speaker’s alleged planned exit from the PDP.
Tambuwal may also have drawn the ire of his party
leaders with his presence at a rally recently organised by the Sokoto State
Governor, Aliyu Wamakko. The governor, along with four other governors of the
PDP, recently defected to the opposition APC.
Before dumping the PDP, Wamakko himself was
suspended by the party for allegedly disrespecting the PDP National Chairman,
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. Tambuwal is close to the Governor.

Among other things, the party is also said to be
angry with the Speaker because of his presence at the launch of Opon Imo, the
initiative of the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, in Osogbo.
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