- Roles played by Elumelu and others in the minority leadership tussle leads to their suspension.
- PDP refers them to the Disciplinary Committee of the party for further action.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Hon. Wole Oke, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, Hon. Anayo Edwin, Hon. Gideon Gwadi, Hon. Toby Okechukwu and Hon. Adekoya Abdul-Majid for the roles they played in minority leadership of the party in the House of Representatives.
It could be recalled that the party had chosen Hon. Kingsley Chinda as the Minority Leader of the house but Elumelu and the above-mentioned names emerged the presiding officers of the minority, which is recognised by the House.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary in a statement released in Abuja on Friday said the NWC of the party reviewed the issue and noted the roles played by the under-listed members which resulted in the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, reading another list for Minority Leadership of the House other than the list submitted to him by the party contravenes its constitution.
“After preliminary examination by the NWC, it was evident that the roles played by the above-mentioned members, bordered on indiscipline, insubordination and disobedience of party directives contrary to Section 58 (1)(b)(c)(f)(h) of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017), which provides that:
“Subject to the provision of this Constitution, the Party shall have power to discipline any member who says or does anything likely to bring the party into disrepute, hatred or contempt; disobeys or neglects to carry out lawful directives of the party or any organ or officer of the party; engages in anti-party activities; or engages in any conduct likely to cause disaffection among members of the party or is likely to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient conduct of the business of the party.
“Consequent upon this, the above-mentioned members of our party are hereby suspended for one month and this matter is hereby referred to the National Disciplinary Committee of our party, in keeping with Section 57(3) of the PDP Constitution,” the statement reads.