National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the senator representing Enugu East senatorial zone, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani for alleged anti-party activities.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday
Ologunagba said that the party had also suspended Chief Chris Ogbu (PDP Imo) and seven other officials from Ekiti State for the same offence.
He said that the suspension was approved after an extensive review and consideration of the affairs of the party in the country.
Ologunagba said that the suspension, which took effect from Friday, January 20, was in pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).
Others suspended from Ekiti State were Ayeni Funso -(Ekiti North); Ajijola Lateef Oladimeji -(Ekiti Central) and Olayinka 5 Olalere -(Ekiti Central), Emiola Adenike Jennifer -(Ekiti South II); Ajayi Babatunde Samuel -(Ekiti North II); Akerele Oluyinka -(Ekiti North I) and Fayose John -(Ekiti Central I).
“ PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of the party across the country to remain united and focused on the mission of our party to rescue, rebuild and redirect our nation from misrule,” Ologunagba said.
In his reaction, Chimaroke described his suspension as a rude shock and a huge surprise.
He reacted in his tweets on his verified handle on Friday night, saying he had no prior notice of any issues with the party and was denied the right to explain himself before the suspension.
Senator Nnamani urged his supporters to remain calm as he continues his campaign ahead of the February National Assembly election.
His tweet reads: “I have since been inundated with telephone calls and messages from various persons, seeking my clarification on the matter.
“Just like every other person, the decision and announcement of my purported suspension from the PDP came to me as a rude shock and huge surprise.
“I was never at any time notified of any petition or complaint against me or informed of the grounds that formed the decision of the NWC of the PDP to suspend me from the party.
“My right to fair hearing was consequently violated against the clear provisions of the Constitution of the party, especially in disciplinary proceedings. More importantly the Superior Constitution of the FRN.
“I, therefore, appeal to all of you to remain calm and law-abiding, while we continue our campaign to a hopefully victorious conclusion. To God be the glory”.