The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today suspended Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi after an emergency meeting of the party National Working Committee.

A statement issued by the party states that the suspension Mr. Amaechi was aimed at enforcing discipline within the party. Mr. Amaechi last week defeated a candidate propped up  by President Goodluck Jonathan during an election to pick the chairman of Nigerian governors's forum.

 See text of the party's statement below:

 The National Working Committee at its emergency meeting on Monday, 27 May, 2013 considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers Executive Committee against His Excellency, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution following his refusal to obey the lawful directive of the Rivers State Executive Committee to rescind his decision dissolving the elected Executive Council of Obiokpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

 The National Working Committee after preliminary hearing, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b), hereby suspends the Executive Governor of River State, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the PDP and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party.

 This is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the Party to enforce discipline at all levels within the Party.

 Signed:

 Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

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