Lagos - The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and political activists on Monday reacted differently to the suspension of Rivers Gov. Rotimi Amaechi from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While human rights lawyer, Mr Mohammed Fawehinmi, urged the PDP to rescind the decision, APGA and a civil society group, Coalition of Odu’a Self-Determination Groups (COSEDG) believed that the issue was PDP’s internal affairs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the PDP’s National Working Committee (NWC) had in a communiqué at the end of its emergency meeting on Monday announced Amaechi’s suspension.
The communiqué was read by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisah Metuh.
The NWC said that it considered the petition submitted to it by the Rivers Executive Committee of the party against Amaechi, alleging that the governor violated Articles 58, (1), (b), (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP’s constitution.
Fawehinmi, who is the eldest son of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) told NAN that it is improper for the PDP to have suspended the governor.
"PDP should rescind the decision and allow the governors’ forum to move forward in the interest of the nation.
"I am shocked by what the party has done by suspending one of its most hard working governors.
"As the chairman of the governors' forum, Amaechi canvassed support for issues such as Sovereign Wealth Fund and community policing,’’ he said.
But the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Maxi Okwu, insisted that parties reserved the rights to suspend any erring member.
"The PDP has the right to suspend any member it deemed to have erred.
"This could be a fallout from the controversial governors’ forum election which should be handled with care in the interest of our democracy."
Mr Rasaq Oladosu, the Director of Strategy of COSEDG, said the issue is PDP's internal affair and that the reactions of Nigerians are unnecessary.
"The governors' forum is getting more attention than it deserves. It is a body that has no constitutional relevance.
"What they are doing is a distraction. There are more germane issues in our democracy including the challenges facing us," he said.