Ikimi com­mit­tee’s re­port de­lays PDP’S de­ci­sion on Elumelu, oth­ers

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Suc­cess Nwogu, Abuja

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party on Sun­day said it had not taken a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the sus­pen­sion of the Mi­nor­ity Leader of the house of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, and five other mem­bers of the lower cham­ber of the Na­tional As­sem­bly be­cause the Chief Tom Ikimi-led Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee had yet to sub­mit its re­port.

The party’s Na­tional Public­ity Sec­re­tary, Mr Kola Olog­bondiyan, dis­closed this in an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent.

Olog­bondiyan who said the com­mit­tee had yet to sub­mit its re­port to the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee stated that the party could only take a de­ci­sion on the fate of Elumelu and five oth­ers when it re­ceived the re­port.

he said, “We are wait­ing for the re­port of the Tom Ikimi Na­tional Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee. They have not sent the re­port. The re­port is not be­fore the NWC.

“When they bring the re­port, the NWC will then con­sider their re­port. What­ever de­ci­sion that will be taken will be based on the con­sid­er­a­tion of the re­port but it (the re­port) is not be­fore us yet.”

The PDP NWC had on July 5 sus­pended Elumelu and five other mem­bers of the house of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for one month for al­leged “in­dis­ci­pline, in­sub­or­di­na­tion and dis­obe­di­ence of the party’s di­rec­tives.”

The sus­pen­sion, how­ever, has lasted for over five months.

The other PDP mem­bers sus­pended with Elumelu are mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Ori­ade/obokun Fed­eral Con­stituency of Osun State, Wole Oke; mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Onit­sha North and Onit­sha South Fed­eral Con­stituency, Lynda Ik­peazu; mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Ezza North/ishielu Fed­eral Con­stituency, Anayo Ed­win; mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Kaura Fed­eral Con­stituency elec­tion in Kaduna State, Gideon Gwani (Mi­nor­ity Whip), mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing An­inri/ Awgu/oji River Fed­eral Con­stituency of Enugu State, Toby Okechukwu (Deputy Mi­nor­ity Leader) and mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Ijebu-north / Ijebu-east / Ogun Wa­ter­side Fed­eral Con­stituency, Adekoya Ab­dul-ma­jid.

Se­quel to their sus­pen­sion, the PDP NWC con­sti­tuted two com­mit­tees: the Sen­a­tor Iy­orchia Ayu Com­mit­tee and the Ikimi Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee.

Ayu’s com­mit­tee was set up to in­ves­ti­gate the emer­gence of Elumelu as the Mi­nor­ity Leader of the house of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­trary to the nom­i­na­tion of the party.

Other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee in­cluded Sen­a­tor Adol­phus Wabara; Sen­a­tor David Mark; a for­mer Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Sen­a­tor Ibrahim Mantu, and a for­mer Deputy Speaker of the house of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Austin Opara, who later ex­ited from the com­mit­tee.

The Chair­man of the PDP Board of Trustees, Sen­a­tor Walid Jib­rin, had on Oc­to­ber 8 con­firmed that the re­port of the Ayu Com­mit­tee had been sub­mit­ted to the PDP NWC through the PDP Na­tional Chair­man, Uche Se­con­dus.

The Ikimi Com­mit­tee was sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of look­ing into the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Ayu’sc com­mit­tee and sug­gest­ing to the PDP NWC ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to be taken.

The PDP had in a let­ter dated June 21, ad­dressed to the Speaker, Mr Femi Gba­jami­a­bila, nom­i­nated mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Obio/ Ak­por Fed­eral Con­stituency, Mr Kings­ley Chinda, as the mi­nor­ity leader of the house of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Oth­ers nom­i­nated by the party in­cluded; Chuk­wuka Onyema (Deputy Mi­nor­ity Leader); Yakubu Barde (Mi­nor­ity Whip) and Mu­raina Aji­bola (Deputy Mi­nor­ity Whip). The let­ter was signed by Se­con­dus and Tsauri.

•L-R: Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Lagos State Gover­nor on In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy, Mr Tun­bo­sun Alake; Mem­ber, Lagos State Sci­ence Re­search and In­no­va­tion Coun­cil, Mrs Toyin Oti­toju; Deputy Gover­nor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Lagos State Gover­nor, Mr Baba­jide Sanwo-olu; Vice-chan­cel­lor, Uni­ver­sity of Lagos, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe; and Com­mis­sioner for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Mr Ha­keem Fahm, dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of seed grant to LASRIC Board at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja… on Fri­day. Photo: Lagos State Gov­ern­ment

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