PDP slams suspension on Elumelu, others *Your decision hasty – Delta lawmaker

By Editor on 05/07/2019

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The gulf further widened on Friday, as the controversial announcement of Ndudi Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, by Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, has led to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), bringing down its hammer on the Delta lawmaker.

The party’s National Working Committee (NWC) after a review of the circumstances, slammed the lawmaker with instant suspension for failing to appear before a committee raised to delibrate on the matter.

Hammered alongside Elumelu, for the same offence, according to a statement by the PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, were Wole Oke, Lynda Ikpeazu, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwadi, Toby Okechukwu and Adekoya Abdul-Majid.

But Elumelu, the arrowhead of obvious rebellion in the main opposition party, who is being picked to occupy the principal office reserved for the minority party with majority members, has rejected the treatment, saying he was not given the chance to be heard.

Ologbodiyan, had stated: “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 our party, the PDP.

“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.”

Rejecting the decision, Elumelu said: “It’s unfortunate if the party suspends its most loyal Member for towing the path of honour and Constitutionalism.
I owe my Party and it’s Leaders a duty of care to advise appropriately as one the Ranking Members of the House. I have discharged that duty.

“I advised My Party Leaders appropriately about our House Rules provisions about nomination of our Leadership
That PDP alone can’t do it without other 8 Political Parties

“On Speakership, PDP had no candidate.I follow my conscience, I follow what my Constituents clamoured for . I followed practices and Conventions.

“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 fair hearing.

“I lost an aunty and left Abuja immediately after plenary in the House of Representatives on Thursday and travelled to Delta state. Though I left immediately after sitting not midnight. Secondly, my gate man received the letter at 7.45pm and he called me at 8pm.

“I was informed by my gate man who received the letter from the party at 7.45pm and called me at 8 pm. I tried to reach out to the other members named in the letter to see if they could be at the meeting and found out they were also out of town.

” 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. I have great respect for the party and am ready to serve.”

On his own part, Hon. Woke Oke in a statement on the issue said: ” I owe my Party and it’s Leaders a duty of care to advise appropriately as one the Ranking Members of the House. I have discharged that duty.

“I advised My Party Leaders appropriately about our House Rules provisions about nomination of our Leadership
That PDP alone can’t do it without other 8 Political Parties. On Speakership, PDP had no candidate. I follow my conscience, I follow what my Constituents clamoured for. I followed practices and Conventions.”



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on July, 5 2019

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