Enugu PDP Chairman says suspension of SSG, commissioners from party unconstitutional

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Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu state, Chief Vita Abba has dismissed the suspension of some top state government officials by the Udi local government chapter of the party.

He said the action was unconstitutional.
The party chairman in Udi council led by its chairman,  Uche Ogbodo had suspended the Secretary to the State Government,  Patrick Okolo, Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Chijioke Agu, Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Jude Akubuilo, Special Adviser to the governor on Education, Sunny Agu and Special Adviser on Industrial Park Development, OAU Onyema for an alleged  anti-party activities.

He said the purported suspension of the members of cabinet of Enugu State Government and the Udi Local Government Council Chairman by Uche Ogbodo,  as unconstitutional and laughable as no individual has the constitutional power to suspend a member of the party.

According to him, any disciplinary action can only be taken at a properly convened meeting of the party.

There has been a running battle between Governor Sullivan Chime and the Deputy Senate President,  Ike Ekweremadu,  over the soul of Enugu West senatorial zone in 2015. While the governor who hails from Udi council is said to have declared his interest to contest for the senate seat currently occupied by Ekweremadu, the senator on his part is yet to declare his interest.

Briefing newsmen after a meeting of the 18-man local government executive committee of the party in Udi council, the chairman, Hon. Uche Ogbodo accused the affected officials of holding a clandestine meeting in the local government whose sole intention according to him  “is to destablise the party in the council”.