National Assembly: PDP Suspends Elumelu, Others
- I’m surprised at my suspension, says Elumelu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday suspended some members suspected to violate the party constitutions at the House of Assembly crisis.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met today, the 5th of July 2019 and reviewed issues surrounding the Minority Leadership of the House of Representatives.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday, the Party 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.
The members are; Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Hon. Wole Oke, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, Hon. Anayo Edwin, Hon. Gideon Gwadi, Hon. Toby Okechukwu and Hon. Adekoya Abdul-Majid.
The PDP said evident showed 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”.
The party said: ‘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.’
I Am Surprised, Says Elumelu
Meanwhile, Honorable Ndidi Elumelu who emerged the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives expressed shock at the news of his alleged suspension.
He complained that the PDP did not give a room for fair hearing before making the decision.
“I am surprised and shocked, that the National Working Committee of our great party, the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) can sit and take a decision without giving room for a fair hearing”.
“Out of respect for the party, I interacted my Special Assistant to write to the party and request a new date. I would have expected that if the date, we suggested was not convenient for the party, they would have proposed another day when we could have appeared before them”.
The Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila had announced Elumelu as the Minority Leader against the PDP favoured, Honorable Kingsley Chinda.
This resulted in bad blood which led to the suspension move. The PDP said Elumelu was given a chance to appear before the party but failed to honour it.
In his defence, Elumelu said he left Abuja immediately because he had lost an aunt after plenary in the House on Thursday and had to rush to his home state, Delta State.