The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has overturned Senator Ahmed Makarfi‘s suspension.
A one-time PDP Acting National Chairman, Makarfi, was purportedly suspended by the Executive Committee of his Tudun Wada Ward in Makarfi Local Government Area.
However, in a statement on Monday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the purported suspension was inconsistent with provisions of the party’s constitution.
Ologunagba, who issued the statement on behalf of the National Working Committee (NWC), said that being a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC), Makarfi cannot be suspended by the Executive Committee of his Ward.
“The NWC, after a thorough consideration of all the issues raised by the Ward Executive, hereby declares the purported decision and action of the Tudun Wada Ward Executives which borders on issues of discipline, as null and void and of no effect, not being consistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (As amended in 2017),” the statement read.
“For clarity, Section 57 (7) provides that ‘Notwithstanding any other provision relating to discipline, no Executive Committee, at any level except the National Executive Committee, shall entertain any question of discipline as may relate or concern a member of the National Executive Committee, Deputy Governor or member of the National Assembly.
“The NWC, therefore, charges all leaders, critical stakeholders, members, teeming supporters of our party in Kaduna State and the general public to disregard the purported suspension of Senator Makarfi by the Ward being a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of our Party.
“The NWC also charges all party members in Kaduna State to remain united at this critical time especially as the party leadership is progressing in our concerted effort to ensure a comprehensive reconciliation in our party.”