The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the alleged suspension of former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, which he described as “mere fabrication”.
A PDP faction in Kano had suspended the former governor for allegedly disrupting the party’s recent North-west congress. Secretary of the faction H. A. Tsanyawa said Kwankwaso had been suspended for three months for allegedly leading thugs to disrupt the congress held on April 10.
However, PDP national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, dismissed the suspension which he described as a “mere fabrication.”
The PDP strongly cautions that it will not accept such reckless adventure by such misguided individuals, which it notes, is capable of destabilising our party and bringing it to public disrepute,” he said in a statement.
The PDP zonal congress held in Kaduna had been marred by violence after Kwankwaso’s supporters clashed with those loyal to Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State governor.
In a letter dated April 16 and addressed to Kwankwaso, Tsanyawa said the party’s executives decided to suspend him and his supporters during their meeting on Thursday.
He said the former governor has 48 hours to respond to the allegations against him, including: “That you led your supporters into a shameful and embarrassing act of thuggery of disrupting the democratic process during the PDP Northwest Zonal Convention of April, 10th, 2021 …”
“That you are also charged with abusing our two serving governors and major Northwest stakeholders present during the convention …
“That your supporters destroyed the election materials on your directive and presence.”
The PDP in Kano has been battling an internal crisis with two factional executives – one group loyal to Kwankwaso and the other backing of Aminu Wali, a former foreign affairs minister.