Nigeria’s ruling party the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) have suspended Senator Andy Ubah and four other members of the factional PDP Anambra chapter following their refusal to honour the party leadership’s order for the five members to appear before the National Working Committee (NWC) at its national headquarters in the FCT.
The decision followed the meeting of the NWC after they reviewed the events of the Anambra state primaries, where a parallel primary was held by the Oguebego-led faction of the party.
It would be recalled that, Senator Andy Ubah who belonged to the Oguebego faction of the party,emerged winner of the parallel primary , as the flag bearer of the party to run for the governorship seat in the November 16th election, the party leadership however swung to action to calm what would have degenerated into an impasse in the party at the state level, by recognising the other faction as legitimate, which according to a statement released was conducted by the Katsina governor, hinting that any other primary is illegal.
The party then summoned Andy Ubah, the chairman of his PDP faction, Ejike Oguebego, Chief Benji Udeozor, and Mrs Tonia Nwankwu to appear before it yesterday, as it prompted the law enforcement agents to be on red alert to make arrest of some people who will illegally flaunt materials of the party under the aegis of being members of the party in the state.
However, it was reported that the summon by the NWC was not granted, hence their suspension.
Along with Senator Andy Ubah, the National Working Committee also suspended Chris Ubah the brother to the senator, the leader of the faction, Ejike Oguebego and two others, and also, the committee has forwarded their case to the party disciplinary committee for further necessary action, according to the acting national secretary of the party, Charles Akitoye.