Former Governor of Kano state, Northern Nigeria, Rabiu Kwankwaso has been suspended by a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for allegedly disrupting the party’s recent North-West Zonal Congress held at Kaduna, Northern Nigeria.
The Faction’s Secretary, H. A. Tsanyawa in a statement said Kwankwaso has been suspended for three months for allegedly leading thugs to disrupt the April 10 Congress.
However, PDP national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, dismissed the suspension which he called “mere fabrication.”
Ologbondiyan in a statement said, “The PDP strongly cautions that it will not accept such reckless adventure by such misguided individuals, which its notes, is capable of destabilizing our party and bringing it to public disrepute.”
Recall that the PDP zonal congress held in Kaduna was marred by violence after Kwankwaso’s supporters clashed with those loyal to governor of Sokoto state, Northwest Nigeria, Aminu Tambuwal.
Tsanyawa in a letter dated April 16 and addressed to Kwankwaso, said the party’s executives decided to suspend him and his supporters during their meeting on Thursday, April 15.
He instructed the former governor to respond to the allegations against him in 48 hours, 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 have destroyed the election materials on your directive and presence.”
The PDP in Kano is currently being factionalised with Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, leading a faction, while a former Foreign Affairs Minister, Aminu Wali, is championing the other group.
Similarly, the party is yet to resolve the internal crisis in the south-west where a leadership tussle has pitched members against one another.