The Youths Movement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-South, has in a media release on Sunday, referred to the suspension of Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and six other members of the PDP as illegal.
The statement was issued by the Coordinator, Tony Ayaegbunem, where it warned the National Working Committee of the party not to send the party into chaos. The group also, while pledging support for Elumelu, vowed to resist any attempt by self-seeking individuals in the party to impose Hon. Kingsley Chinda as Minority leader of the House.
Their position: The group claimed that the PDP Constitution is clear on the proper procedure for suspending erring members of the party, which must include fair hearing. Since, according to the group, that did not happen this time, then the purported suspension of Elumelu and members of the party cannot stand.
- “It is disheartening that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has not learnt anything from their previous crisis which nearly collapse the main opposition party in the country.”
Edwin Clark also backs Elumelu:Corroborating the reaction of the Youth Movement of the PDP (South-South), another PDP chieftain and the National Leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, has advised the PDP to move on. While reacting on the issue over the weekend, Clark said the suspended members were elected in line with the House of Representatives’ rules which states that members should elect their leaders and not the party appointing leaders for them.
There are also reports that some PDP governors, former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and a former National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, are backing the Elumelu group for the minority leadership positions.
Bottomline: There are signs that if the PDP leadership does not tread carefully on the delicate minority leadership debacle, it could create a domino effect that comes back to haunt it down the line.