Abuja - The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP on Monday suspended Gov. Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers from the party for dissolving elected party executives in his state.
The suspension is contained in a communiqué signed by Olisa Metuh, the party`s National Publicity Secretary, at the end of an emergency meeting of the NWC in Abuja.
According to the communiqué, the decision to suspend Amaechi followed a petition submitted by the PDP Rivers Executive Committee against the governor.
"The NWC at its emergency meeting considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee against Gov. Amaechi of Rivers.
"This followed his refusal to obey the lawful directive of the Rivers State Executive Committee to rescind his decision dissolving the elected the Executive Council of Obiokpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
"The NWC after preliminary hearing, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b), hereby suspends Gov. Amaechi as a member of the PDP.’’ the communiqué said.
It added that the governor's action violated Articles 58 1 (b), (c), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution.
It further said that the issue against the governor would be referred to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the party for further action.
It stressed that the suspension was in furtherance of the determination of the party's leadership to enforce discipline at all levels.