PDP reverses suspension of Fayose, Shema, Anyim, others
In a reconciliatory move, the Ambassador Umar Damagum-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reversed the suspension order placed on key leaders.
It has also rescinded the decision to refer Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to the disciplinary committee.
Those who had their suspension reversed are former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema; his Ekiti colleague, Ayodele Fayose and erstwhile President of the Senate, Anyim Pius Anyim.
Others are Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State) and Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).
The Guardian had reported that many NWC members kicked against the action when announced by suspended National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
The decision was taken at a meeting, presided over by acting National Chairman, Umar Damagum, yesterday, in Abuja.
National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement, said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, at its meeting today (yesterday), extensively discussed recent developments in the party.
“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.
“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.”
He continued: “This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to provisions of the constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).”
“The NWC charged all leaders, critical stakeholders and members of the party across the country to be guided by provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017), as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity and harmony in our party at this critical time.
“The PDP must remain focused, as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.”