The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the allegations of suspension against Austin Opara, a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, and George Abiye Sekibo, a senator from the South East Senatorial District.
Recall that Sekibo was suspended for alleged anti-party activities by the PDP officials in Rivers’ Ward 2 of the Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area.
Alatoru Sydney, the PDP Ward 2 Ogu-Bolo LGA Chairman, and Joshua Tamuno, the council Secretary, reportedly announced the suspension in a statement on Sunday.
Additionally, Opara was suspended by the Executive Ward 10 in the Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The party claimed that Opara engaged in anti-party activities during the elections in blatant violation of the party’s rules and constitution in a statement released on Monday and signed by the Ward Chairman in Port Harcourt, Chisa Amadi.
However, in response to the alleged suspension, the PDP NWC “hereby declares the action by the said Ward Executives which borders on issues of discipline, as null and void and of no effect, not being consistent with the provisions of the PDP Constitution of the PDP (As amended in 2017),” according to a statement released on Tuesday by Debo Ologunagba, the party’s national publicity secretary.
“For clarity, Section 57 (7) provides that “Notwithstanding any other provision relating to discipline, no Executive Committee, at any level except the National Executive Committee, shall entertain any question of discipline as may relate or concern a member of the National Executive Committee, Deputy Governor or member of the National Assembly”.
“The NWC therefore charges all leaders, critical stakeholders, members, teeming supporters of our Party in Rivers State and the general public to disregard the purported suspension of Senator Dr. George Thompson Sekibo and Rt. Hon. Dr. Austin Adiele Opara.
“The NWC enjoins all Party members in Rivers State to remain united and continue to work together in the overall interest of our Party and the Nation.
“Finally, the NWC is steadily progressing in our reconciliation efforts among all members of our Party across the Country and we are encouraged by the success so far achieved.”
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