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PDP Suspends Atiku’s Ally, Senator Sekibo

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 2 of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State has suspended Senator George Thompson Sekibo for alleged anti-party activities.

The senator represents the South East senatorial district of the state and is an ally of PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The suspension, which also includes other chieftains of the party believed to be members of Sekibo’s camp, was announced in a public statement jointly signed by Alatoru Sydney, Chairman PDP Ward 2 Ogu-Bolo local government area, Joshua Tamuno, Secretary, and other executives of Ward 4 and 10 of the council area.

According to the statement, the decision to suspend the PDP chieftains was reached after a review of the recent presidential and national assembly elections as well as the governorship and State House of Assembly Elections.

The statement noted that the suspended party stalwarts of Ward 2 of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area worked against the PDP, and that they have failed to pay their annual subscription fees as provided by section 8 subsection 9 of the PDP constitution 2017 as amended, leading to a vote of no confidence and suspension.

The Executive of Ward 10 Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area also passed a vote of no confidence and suspended Navy Capt. Victor Erasmus, Hon Gilbert Enos, and Eugene Enos from the PDP for anti-party activities and non-payment of annual subscription fees.

Similarly, the Executive of Ward 4 of PDP Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area suspended Dr. Sunny Asetubobe from the PDP for anti-party activities and failure to pay annual subscription fees.

The crisis in Rivers PDP has created a dichotomy between supporters of Atiku and those of Governor Nyesom Wike, which may have necessitated the suspension of Senator Sekibo and others.

However, in a swift reaction, Senator Sekibo dismissed the suspension as fallacious.

He added that the authors and sponsors of the action were merely acting a script intended to malign him and that he was never involved in any form of anti-party behaviour.

Sekibo explained that as an aspirant for the governorship ticket of the party, his nomination form was validly completed, submitted with evidence of up-to-date record of payment of membership subscription dues, and endorsed by his Ward chairman.

He further stated that any action taken in breach of the party constitution renders such action illegal and a nullity.

The suspension of Senator Sekibo and other PDP chieftains is likely to have far-reaching implications for the party as they seek to rebuild after the national and state elections.

It remains to be seen how the PDP will navigate this crisis and maintain unity ahead of future elections.

This article was updated 2 months ago

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