The Deputy Minority Leader at the Gombe State House of Assembly, Rambi Ayala, resigned his membership of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe on Tuesday.
Ayala made the pronouncement after a Gombe High Court dismissed his application asking it to declare his suspension by the party as illegal.
According to Ayala, his decision to resign as a member of the PDP is as a result of the undemocratic nature through which the party runs its affairs.
“Take note that I hereby resign my membership of this party (PDP). Sadly the party has become grossly and bitterly divided and dangerously lawless,’’ he said.
Ayala, member representing Billiri East at the House of Assembly, said he was not satisfied with the way the leadership of the party treated him in spite of being a loyal member.
He said that he was suspended from the party without any fair hearing as he was not invited to appear before any disciplinary committee before his suspension was announced.
When asked what his next step would be politically, Ayala said “when we get there we will cross the bridge and interestingly in Nigeria, we are practising a multi-party democracy.’’
“So at the appropriate time, I will take a decision. In the next few days, months or weeks, I should be able to decide which way to go,’’ he said.
The Chairman of Billiri South ward of PDP, Mr Lewi Jinjiri, who received the letter, said the lawmaker exercised his right as a citizen of Nigeria, saying: “we have nothing to do because it’s his choice.’’
The Gombe State chapter of the PDP suspended Ayala on July 28 after which he sought legal redress.
The Speaker of the House of Assembly and his deputy, Abubakar Ibrahim and Siddi Buba, respectively (both of the ruling APC in the state), and other members of the Assembly were in court in a solidarity with Ayala.