The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a member of the party over the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.

The NWC also referred the suspension of Mr Amaechi to the party’s disciplinary committee for appropriate action.

The party’s NWC at an emergency meeting on Monday, agreed to suspend the Rivers state Governor following a petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee.

The party made this known in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

According to the statement, the party “considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State 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.”

“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” the statement concluded.

The state chapter of PDP in Rivers state has been embroiled in a prolonged crisis that has had 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and Speaker, suspended by the newly installed executives of the party in the state.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier sacked executive members of the party in the state that were loyal to Mr Amaechi and replaced them with the Felix Obuah led faction.

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