Shehu Shema, a former governor of Katsina State, gave the People’s Democratic Party 48 hours to lift their expulsion of him.
Shema also handed the party a deadline within which to rescind the party’s decision to dissolve its state executive committee.
In a letter dated March 24, 2023 to PDP National Chairman Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the former governor informed the party that if his two appeals were not heard within that time frame, he had left the party and was no longer a member.
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.”