PDP NWC Suspends Andy Ubah, Four others

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.

I Remain Loyal To PDP, Despite Emergence Of New Parties– Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said while he remains a loyal PDP member, he doesn’t have the right or power to stop others from associating or seeking registration for new parties.

Following press enquiries on the reported registration of the Peoples’ Democratic Movement (PDM) as a political party, the former Vice President said he would always welcome the expansion of the political space to accommodate all shades of opinions or political hue.

While acknowledging that many of his political associates are involved in registering the PDM, Atiku Abubakar explained that he had no powers to stop adults with common interests from coming together to form a party.

He also noted that many of his political associates are equally members of political parties other than the PDP.

According to him, freedom of association as enshrined in the constitution is the beauty of democracy and that he wouldn’t dissuade any of his followers from seeking a platform to promote their programmes.

Political analysts It would be recalled that the PDM played active roles of in the country’s democratic transition from the Babangida, Abacha and Abdulsalami administrations, a platform founded by late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, which provided the impetus for his impressive performance across the country during the September 1992 presidential primaries, which were later cancelled by the military regime.

The late Gen. Yar’Adua came close to becoming President, with the help of the formidable PDM structure. In 1999, the PDM was also part of the force behind the emergence of former President Obasanjo as PDP presidential candidate.

It should also be of note, that the choice of Atiku Abubakar as running mate to Obasanjo in 1999 was a recognition of the active role of the PDM platform in his victory.