The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has suspended its former chairman, Bamanga Tukur, for taking legal action to reclaim his seat.
The party said it sanctioned Mr. Tukur for failing to explore the party’s mechanisms for redress, before going to court to challenge his ouster.
Mr. Tukur is asking the courts to nullify his resignation in January, saying he was compelled to stand down.
He has also asked the court to sack the current chairman, Adamu Mu’azu.
A federal court dismissed his prayers on Tuesday.
Mr. Tukur has appealed the decision.
The PDP also suspended Aliyu Gurin, the man who instituted the first case asking the court to reinstate Mr. Tukur.
Mr. Tukur and Mr Gurin will be on suspension for one month in the first instance, before facing a disciplinary committee, the party said.
Read PDP statement below:
The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic, PDP, at its 395th meeting held yesterday, December 3, 2014 reviewed recent national developments as they affect the party.
Among others, the NWC deliberated on the court case instituted against the National Chairman of the Party, Adamu Mu’azu, by the former National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur.
The NWC reasoned that for instituting a claim and counter claim in suit FHC/ABJ /821/2014; Gurin vs PDP & 3 others without first exploring and exhausting the party’s internal mechanism of redress and for attempting to stop the forthcoming National Convention to nominate the party’s presidential candidate as well as regularize the position of the National Chairman and other members of the National Working Committee is unacceptable.
The NWC hereby suspends Dr. Bamanga Tukur and Aliyu Abuba Gurin for one month and refers them to the National Disciplinary Committee for infringing on section 58(1)(a)( b)( h)( l) of the PDP Constitution 2012( as amended)
National Legal Adviser