The Party wielded its big stick by suspending Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State whose sin was that he dared to contest election against the anointed candidate of the presidency and the party. The presidency has always denied any involvement.But even as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP is yet to recover from the crisis trailing the election of Amaechi as Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, there are signs that the treatment meted out to him will soon be extended to others as the party appears increasingly impatient with those it deems are ‘rebels within’.
Newsdiaryonline com has reliably learnt that Speaker of House of Representatives,Honourable Aminu Tambuwal is the next in line to be dealt with.Sources have revealed that there are moves in PDP to give Tambuwal the Amaechi treatment as moves are being made to suspend the speaker, House of Representatives from the PDP.
Tambuwal’s sin? Unlike Amaechi, he has not won any election of later,but Tambuwal’s ceaseless ability to win the heart of opposition politicians especially within the Action Congress of Nigeria,ACN may be his undoing according to insiders .
Sources said, Tambuwal’s appearance at the launch of Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s launch of his e-learning initiative,Opon Imo on Monday may have gotten the party topguns very furious.”PDP is moving to suspend Tambuwal because of his Osun appearance”,a source told Newsdiaryonline.com point blank.
Already,the grounds for nailing the speaker are being perfected as men and resources are believed to have been deployed towards the goal.One source fears that,ultimately, the confusion that may trail Tambuwal’s suspension is expected to culminate in his impeachment, all things being equal.
How Tambuwal’s suspension will be executed without further weakening the party remains to be seen.But this report is coming on the heels of the outburst by PDP’s National Chairman,Bamanga Tukur that the party would no longer tolerate indiscipline.
Actually, Tambuwal has been in an uncomfortable position right from state.He was not the anointed candidate for the Speaker of the House of Reps.The ‘party ‘ wanted Mulikat Akande, but Tambuwal triumphed.Somehow,Amaechi apparently learnt some from Tambuwal’s experience .Like Tambuwal,like Amaechi.And it appears a similar “punishment” is on the card.
Henceforth ,hints from inside the PDP suggest that the its leaders are getting increasingly “bullish”, determined to wield the stick.There is anxiety also about what may become the fate of some PDP governors as well .Whether this lingering state of unease within the party is the best way to keep the family together lies in the womb of time.
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