Shema gives PDP 48 hours to reverse suspension

A former governor of Katsina State, Shehu Shema, on Friday gave the Peoples Democratic Party a 48-hour ultimatum to reverse his suspension from the party.

Shema also gave the party the same ultimatum within which to revoke the dissolution of the state executive committee of the party.

The former governor, in a petition to the PDP National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, and dated March 24, 2023, told the party that failure to consider his two appeals within the period meant he had ceased to be a member of the party.

Shema told the party chairman in the petition that while his suspension from the party and the dissolution of the Katsina State executive committee of the party were against the provision of the constitution of the party, he had been a loyal party member for 24 years, enduring all challenges.

“I am a member of the National Executive Council, Board of Trustees and caucus of our party and know as of law and fact that the dissolution of a lawfully elected Katsina State executive committee cannot bear constitutional validity as well as my suspension from the party.

“It is pertinent to state categorically here that Chapter 10 of the PDP constitution (2017) as amended (Disciplinary Procedure) particularly Section 56(6)(7) and Section 59(3) were not adhered to in reaching these decisions which clearly demonstrate contempt for democracy.

“Rescind the National Working Committee decision of unlawful dissolution of Katsina State duly elected executive committee and allow them to complete their tenure and disband the purported caretaker committee similar to which so many court decisions in the land have illegalised.

“Rescind the National Working Committee decision of my suspension as a member of our party within the next 48hrs.

“Take notice that failure to effect the two changes above within 48 hours,  this letter serves as my formal and official withdrawal of my membership from the Peoples Democratic Party, effective from Saturday, March 25,2023.”

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