PDP Suspends Lawal, North-East Vice Chairman

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The current power play in Adamawa State took its first casualty yesterday as the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party sent its national vice chairman, North-east, Alhaji Girigiri Lawal, on immediate suspension.

Girigiri was accused of breaching Articles 51(1) (b) (c) (h) of the PDP constitution. The party says the action is in furtherance of the resolve of the PDP leadership to entrench discipline at all levels.

National publicity secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who did not give details of Lawal’s offence, said in a statement that he breached the PDP’s constitution.

“Following the breach of the constitution of the party by Alhaji Girigiri, he was invited by the NWC for preliminary hearing in accordance with Article 57(3) of the constitution of the PDP.

“After the preliminary hearing, the NWC resolved to suspend Alhaji Girigiri Lawal for a period of one month with effect from October 12, 2012.

“The matter has been referred to the National Disciplinary Committee of our Party for further action. The National Working Committee wishes to emphasize that the issue of discipline is paramount to building a virile party. It therefore expects that the custodians of the constitution of the party, be they elected or appointed as well as all members, should live by example and adhere to the provisions of the constitution of the party,” Metuh’s statement reads.

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