The factional Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu has
expressed shock over his suspension by the National Working
Committee(NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).

The PDP
NWC, after a meeting on Friday to review issues surrounding the Minority
Leadership of the House of Representatives, suspended Hon. Ndudi
Elumelu, Hon. Wole Oke, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, Hon. Anayo Edwin, Hon.
Gideon Gwadi, Hon. Toby Okechukwu and Hon. Adekoya Abdul-Majid.

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According
to the PDP, the roles played by the suspended members “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.”

Elemelu, in his reaction, described the action as “unfortunate.”

He 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”

Calls to the phone numbers of the other affected PDP members went unanswered.

Source:- Thenationonlineng

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