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Ayu’s suspension unlawful – PDP Spokesman


Ayu’s suspension unlawful – PDP Spokesman

Charles Aniagwu, spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Presidential Campaign Council has said that the suspension of the party’s National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, was unlawful and in violation of the party’s charter.

Speaking on Tuesday, Aniagwu claimed that those who attempted to remove the party’s national chairman from office in Benue State were unaware of the requirements of the 2017 amendments to the party’s charter.

In what appears to be the Oshiomhole-style treatment, he accused Benue Governor Samuel Ortom and Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike of being responsible for the suspension in question.

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He asserted that the APC constitution differed from the PDP’s, and he added that all party organs except the National Executive Committee have the authority to suspend National Working Committee members.

According to him, Section 57(7) of the PDP Constitution was very clear on who has the power to suspend or discipline a member of the National Working Committee or National Executive Committee of the party.

“When they proceeded to ask the Ward of the National Chairman to take disciplinary action against him assuming that they have the power they ought to have given him fair hearing by summoning him to give him the opportunity to defend himself but the Section 57 didn’t give them the power to carry out such action against a member of NWC.

“So if anyone is proceeding to court with such illegal suspension is just making unnecessary troubles for the party.”

He said the exparte order from the court restraining Ayu from carrying out his duties as National Chairman was most unfortunate as the basis for granting the said order was faulty.

The Presidential Campaign Spokesman said the party was hasty in carrying out disciplinary actions on certain members of the party who were perceived to have worked against the party.

He however expressed optimism that the party would come out stronger after its current travails.

On Wike’s onslougt against the party, Aniagwu cautioned the Rivers Governor to be wary of how he uses his powers adding that he should be reminded that he would be out of office in two months time.

“In about two and halve months, Nyesom Wike will no longer be a Governor then reality will dawn on him to stop listening to himself and also understand what members of the public thinks about him.

“I thought that Wike having been a former minister and now Governor for eight years should have realized that there is a class leaders belong and they don’t behave the way he is behaving,” he stated

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