By Shola Abayomi.
The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has suspended seven of its members in the House of Representatives for indiscipline, insubordination and disobedience of party directives.
According to the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the suspension was imperative after reviewing “issues surrounding the minority leadership positions” in the lower legislative house.
The suspended Rep members are Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Lynda Ikpeazu, Wole Oke, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwadi, Toby Okechukwu and Adekoya Abdul-Majid.
Ologbondiyan highlighted the roles played by the suspended members who led the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila into announcing a different list of minority leaders, hence, disregarding the list submitted to him by the PDP leadership.
Ologbondiyan said, “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”.