Delta PDP in tatters as Sheriff-faction suspend Delta Deputy Speaker, 3 others


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State took a plunge in its crises yesterday as the faction loyal to Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff suspended the Deputy Speaker of state’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi. 

They also suspended the 2007 governorship aspirant of the party, Chiefs Godwill Obielum, Mr. Ugo Asibelua and Emmanuel Onyeukwu, all of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s faction of the party.

The suspension, according to group, is indefinite, and a result of what they tagged “an illegal meeting” of some disgruntled leaders at a private home in Ushie, Ndokwa East Local Government Area on January 29, last month, to disparage the party. They were also accused of manipulating the constitution of the party and failed to explain their impunity and utter disregard of some laid-down principal guidelines for the conduct of congresses.

At an emergency meeting of the party at Ibredeni, Ward 8, in Ndokwa East Local Government Area, where party executives were sworn in yesterday, the party chairman, Chief Kris Oputah, announced that the suspended members plotted to run down the party.

In a signed statement, dated February 1, 2017, the group lamented that the affected persons single-handedly declared fractionalisation that never existed in the party.

“It is disheartening that those who wish to be taken seriously as wanting to lead the people of Ndosimili could descend so low to personalizing a constitutional matter of the magnitude of party congress. 

“We have been patient all these while, now is the time to halt their arrogance and perpetual falsehood. They  cannot continue to paint lurid picture of Ndosimili people as uneducated, uninformed and lacking in true leaders. The party in Ndokwa East hereby suspend them with effect from February 1, 2017, indefinitely”, it read.

The press release also added that they abused “the genial disposition of Ndosimili people by trivializing the injury they have inflicted on the people by their mediocre leadership”, and also frowned at what it described as “flagrant abuse of the privileges conferred on them by the mandate of Ndosimili people and their conniving cohorts.” 

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