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2023: G-5 Govs, Others Walk Tight Rope As Nnamani Dares PDP NWC

Apart from Wike, the party’s other four members are vying for office. While Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Samuel Ortom (Benue) are running for PDP senatorial seats, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is seeking re-election.

This is considered to be the reason they have failed to formally proclaim their support for a presidential candidate other than PDP nominee Atiku Abubakar. They are split between Tinubu and Labour Party leader Peter Obi.

They are afraid that openly supporting another Presidential candidate will enrage their party’s leadership and derail their aspirations.

PDP Suspends Chimaroke Nnamani, Olayinka, Others Over Anti-party Activities

However, Newsmen noted that Nnamani, the leader of Ebeano political dynasty, had, according to his words, gone full fledged in his campaign for Tinubu.

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Unlike his prior posts, when he did discreet marketing for the APC Presidential candidate, he has now released posters with his photo beside Tinubu, drumming support for the APC candidate.

He quickly followed it up with a video imaging for Tinubu’s campaign.

He was also alleged to have met with his followers over the weekend, telling them there would be no retreat from his position.

Since his suspension was revealed, there has been debate about whether or not his candidacy has now been rendered invalid.

2023: NCP Endorses Peter Obi, Pledges To Mobilise Members

A leading PDP member in Enugu State claimed the NWC was correct in its decision, citing the party’s constitution.

He said, “let me take you to the Constitution of the PDP, Chapter 10, Article 3, which deals with disciplinary action against members. It states that: ‘The Working Committee at any level of the Party and the Executive committee (at the ward level) may, after preliminary hearings, suspend a member from the party for a period not exceeding one month, during which period, the member so suspended shall lose his right to contest any election and shall be referred to the appropriate Disciplinary Committee.’

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“The provision is as clear as air. What it means is that the party can suspend without inviting the member. It is only at the level of expulsion that fair hearing comes in.

“But whether it is suspension or expulsion, you lose your rights as a member, including the right to contest any election, it is in black and white.”

However, the party chieftain questioned why Nnamani was singled out when the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, had also attended the APC Presidential campaign.

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PDP Suspension: My Political Career Is Still Alive – Nnamani

“To me, the Speaker’s offence is even more grievous because nobody has ever seen Senator Nnamani in any of APC’s campaigns. But the Speaker was in Ebonyi State,” the party source said further in confidence.

Some observers have cited the case of Adamawa State Senator Ishaku Abbo.

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Senator Abbo was expelled as the APC Senatorial candidate for Adamawa North senatorial zone in this year’s election by a Yola High Court presided over by Justice Mohammed Danladi.

Senator Abbo was fired by the court after his ward in Adamawa’s Mubi North Local Government Area expelled him from the party.

The court further stated that Senator Abbo is not entitled to any of the rights or privileges granted to APC members.

2023: Chimaroke Nnamani Reacts To Suspension From PDP

The party’s next move remains to be known, especially in light of Governor Wike’s threat and Nnamani’s decision to call its bluff.

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