Nnamani Faults Expulsion From PDP, Says Decision Is Null 

“The proceeding and decision reached at the meeting of the National Working Committee of your Party which was held on 20 January 2023 is therefore, both illegal and a nullity."


A photo combination of PDP logo and former Enugu State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani.

 

 

A former Enugu State Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has faulted his expulsion from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as null.

The PDP National Working Committee (NWC) on Friday expelled him and others from the party, citing anti-party activities.

But hours after the move, the former governor said the NWC lacks the powers to take such a decision.

He quoted Articles 57(7) and 59(3) of the PDP Constitution to fault his expulsion from the party.

“It is evident on the basis of Articles 57(7) and 59(3) of the Constitution of your party excerpted above, that no organ of the party, including the National Working Committee, has the competence to entertain any question of discipline against our client, except the National Executive Committee of the party,” Senator Nnamani said in a letter to the PDP NWC through his Counsel Olusegun O. Jolaawo (SAN).

“Quite apart from the obvious and undeniable fact that the purported proceeding of the National Working Committee of your party held on 20 January 2023 and the decision reached there at, suspending our client from the party is null and void, as our client was neither invited to the meeting nor given the opportunity to be heard before the decision against him was taken; See Article 57(6) of the Constitution of your party, the National Working Committee lacks the requisite powers to entertain any question of discipline against our client to the extent of suspending or expelling him from the party.

“The proceeding and decision reached at the meeting of the National Working Committee of your Party which was held on 20 January 2023 is therefore, both illegal and a nullity.”

READ THE FULL LETTER BELOW

Press Release

Sen Nnamani to Ayu led NWC: My Purported Expulsion a nullity

You have no power to do so

Enugu East Senator Dr Chimaroke Nnamani has pointedly told Senator Iyorchia Ayu led National Working Committee(NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) that it has no powers to suspend or expel him from the party.

Senator Nnamani stated that the Ayu-led NWC did not follow due process and strict compliance with the provisions of the PDP Constitution and therefore lacked the powers to suspend or expel him as a member of the National Assembly.

Senator Nnamani in a letter to the PDP NWC through his Counsel Olusegun O. Jolaawo SAN stated that the NWC has no powers to suspend or expel him except the National Executive Committee ( NEC).

He quoted copiously the relevant sections of the PDP constitution breached by the Ayu-led NWC:

Article 57(7) “Notwithstanding any other provision relating to discipline, no Executive Committee at any level, except the National Executive Committee, shall entertain any question of discipline as may or concern a member of the National Executive Committee, Deputy Governors or members of the National Assembly, Provided that nothing in this Constitution shall preclude or invalidate any complaint submitted through the National Working Committee to the National Executive Committee concerning any person whatsoever.”

Article 59(3)“Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution relating to discipline, no Executive Committee at any level except the National Executive Committee shall entertain any question of discipline as may relate or concern a member of the National Executive Committee, President, Vice President, Governors, Deputy Governors, Ministers, Ambassadors, Special Advisers or member of any of the legislative houses.”

“ On 20 January 2023, the NWC conducted a preliminary disciplinary hearing against our client and approved his suspension from the party for one month, purportedly acting pursuant to Article 57(3) of the Constitution of the PDP.

“It is evident on the basis of Articles 57(7) and 59(3) of the Constitution of your party excerpted above, that no organ of the party, including the National Working Committee, has the competence to entertain any question of discipline against our client, except the National Executive Committee of the party.

“Quite apart from the obvious and undeniable fact that the purported proceeding of the National Working Committee of your party held on 20 January 2023 and the decision reached there at, suspending our client from the party is null and void, as our client was neither invited to the meeting nor given the opportunity to be heard before the decision against him was taken; See Article 57(6) of the Constitution of your party, the National Working Committee lacks the requisite powers to entertain any question of discipline against our client to the extent of suspending or expelling him from the party.

“The proceeding and decision reached at the meeting of the National Working Committee of your Party which was held on 20 January 2023 is therefore, both illegal and a nullity.

“It, therefore, gives us great concern, that your proposed disciplinary hearing of 8 February 2023 as stated in your letter of 1st February 2023, is built and erected on the illegal and invalid meeting and decision taken by the National Working Committee of your Party at its meeting of 20 January 2023, suspending our client from the Party. Your letter to our client dated 1st February 2023 made it abundantly clear that the complaint against our client was made to your committee by the National Working Committee.

“ However, by virtue of the proviso to Article 57(7) of the Constitution of your Party, the National Working Committee is required to make the complaint on any disciplinary matter against a member of the National Assembly, only to the National Executive Committee of the Party. Your committee has not claimed to be the National Executive Committee of the PDP and in fact, is not.

“Your committee, therefore, has no powers under the Constitution of the Party (under which you claim to be proceeding against our client) to entertain or hear any question of discipline against our client as he is a member of the National Assembly. Only a properly constituted National Executive Committee of the party can entertain such question of discipline against him.

“We, therefore, urge you to reconsider your proposed disciplinary hearing against our client and abort it immediately. We have only requested your committee to comply strictly with the clear provisions of the Constitution of the Party under which you claim to be proceeding. Your proposed disciplinary hearing of 8 February 2023 is wholly erected on illegality and your committee equally has no powers under the Constitution of the party to invite our client for the purpose of entertaining any disciplinary matter against him.

Senator Chimaroke Nnamani MD, FACOG
Chairman, Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa/ NEPAD.
ENDS