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PDP overrules faction on Kwankwaso, Aliyu’s suspension

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh (Abuja) and Murtala Adewale (Kano) |   19 April 2021   |   3:02 am  

Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied suspending former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and his Niger State counterpart, Mu’azu Aliyu, from its fold.

This was a sequel to reports that Kano PDP suspended Kwankwaso for irregularities orchestrated by the Kwankwasiyya faction of the party at the recent North West zonal congress in Kaduna.

Factional secretary of the party, H. A. Tsanyawa, had claimed that the former Kano governor “remains suspended till further notice.”

A loyalist to Aminu Wali’s faction, Tsanyawa accused the Kwankwasiyya of fomenting a crisis at the zonal congress.

In a statement yesterday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, cleared the air that Kwankwaso, who represented Kano Central in the Senate, was not suspended from the party.

It added that any claim of suspension by any individual or group purporting to be representing any organ of the party at any level was a mere fabrication and should be discountenanced.

According to the statement, the PDP constitution is very clear on the suspension of a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC), if and when such occasion arises.

It cautioned those behind the rumour to desist henceforth, as it would not accept such reckless adventure by misguided individuals, which, it noted, was capable of destabilising the party and bringing it to public disrepute.

Also, the PDP stated that the party did not suspend Aliyu.

“Our party frowns on such fabrications aimed at subverting the stability of our party and trigger disagreements and suspicions within our ranks,” it stated.

The PDP urged party leaders and members in Kano and Niger states to be on the alert, resist distractions and continue to work together.

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