Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lifted the suspension it had slammed on the Minority Leader and Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and five other lawmakers with immediate effect.
The duo of Hons. Ndudi Elumemlu and Toby Okechukwu, Leader and Deputy Minority Leader respective, Hon. Wole Oke (Chairman House Committee on Public Accounts), Hon. Anayo Edwin Nwonu (Chairman, House Committee on Correctional Services), Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, Hon. Gideon Gwani, and Hon. Adekoya Addul-Majid were suspended from the party following accusations leveled against them that they worked against their party during the tussle for the leadership of the Minority Caucus in 2019.
The PDP had at the thick of the maneuvers for the emergence of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly penciled down Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South) and Hon. Kingsley Chinda (PDP Rivers) as the Minority Leaders for the Senate and House of Representatives respectively.
However, while the party’s plan in the Senate worked, it failed in the House of Representatives which totally jettisoned the party’s “line-up” for the Hons Elumelu and Okechukwu.
But In a press statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan announced that “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lifted the suspension placed on seven of its members in the House of Representatives.
“The members are Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Hon. Wole Oke, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, Hon. Anayo Edwin, Hon. Gideon Gwani, Hon. Toby Okechukwu and Hon. Adekoya Addul-majid.”
According to Mr. Ologbodiyan’s statement “the lifting of the suspension was based on the recommendations of various committee set on issues relating to the suspension.”
The PDP in its latest effort to put its house in order had earlier in the week inaugurated a high-powered “reconciliation and Strategy Committee” headed by two experienced lawmakers, former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Hon. Linus Okorie who serve as Chairman and Secretary respectively.
Despite the lifting of the suspension, however, the PDP maintains that its leadership of the PDP Caucus of the House led by Hon. Kingsley Chinda remained unchanged.
“In the same vein, the party maintains that it continues to recognize the PDP Caucus of the House of Representatives as led by Hon. Kingsley Chinda and charged all members elected on the platform of the party to continue to participate in the activities of the Caucus,” the party clarified.