The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected posts suggesting that some of its key leaders in Ebonyi, including former state governor Senator Sam Egwu and 23 others were suspended from the party.
The party, in a statement issued by its Secretary of National Advertising, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Sunday described the alleged reports as misleading.
Ologbondiyan said that no PDP leader in Ebonyi had been suspended, adding that the document claiming the suspension was fictitious and did not emanate from the Ebonyi state chapter of the party as suggested.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP does not have a state task force in the state of Ebonyi, as presented in that fictitious document.
“As such, any body that is said to have come together to arrive at a decision or action that is alleged to have been taken by a non-existent body is, at best, imaginary.”
Ologbondiyan said the public already knew that the body tasked with steering PDP affairs in Ebonyi was the State Surveillance Committee.
He said the committee had since assumed its mandate to the approval and delight of PDP leaders and members in Ebonyi since the dissolution of the party’s state executive in the state.
“Furthermore, a check of our party’s records in Ebonyi states that no meeting as intended in said document was held to make such a decision at any time.
“However, we learned that the fabricated document emanated from a former leader of our group in Ebonyi who set off on a personal trip to another group.”
He said the defector leader tried to cause confusion in the state, as he failed to attract PDP leaders and members to his expedition.
“Indeed, it is regrettable that such an individual descends to the level of resorting to fabrications and manipulations of the calendar in desperation for political redemption.”
Ologbondiyan advised anyone behind such a post to stay away from the PDP and face the challenges he already faces in his new in-laws, as well as inquiries coming from the people of Ebonyi who have been betrayed by his action.
The party’s spokesman urged Nigerians to ignore the alleged suspension of 24 PPD leaders in Ebonyi, saying there was no basis for the claim.
“Along the same lines, the party ensures that our structure in Ebonyi State is intact and that our party has become stronger, more united and enjoys the support of the people of Ebonyi more than ever.”
The PDP’s National Labor Committee (NWC) formed a state interim committee on Wednesday.
It is to test party affairs in Ebonyi, following the dissolution of the party’s state executive on Tuesday.
Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Tuesday