Ike Abonyi, Special Adviser on Media to embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, says only the National Executive Committee of the leading opposition party can “discipline” his principal.
Abonyi stated this on Wednesday hours after the PDP Ward 5 in Ikuru town, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State announced the “suspension” of Secondus.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Ward Chairman of the party, George Christopher, announced the suspension at the party’s extraordinary meeting at the party’s Secretariat at Ikuru town, Andoni LGA.
Secondus is a prominent politician from Andoni in Rivers State. He was a former Chairman of the PDP in Rivers and a former National Organising Secretary of the party.
Reacting in a statement titled, ‘Purported suspension of Secondus’, Abonyi said, “The media office of Prince Uche Secondus ordinarily should not be responding to every ‘noise’ in the media being engineered by those who set out to distract and destroy the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but it’s our responsibility to guide those who are easily persuaded by news in the media hence this response.
“Such action is a mere wish as Article 59(3) of the Peoples Democratic Party, the constitution states clearly that only the National Executive Committee, NEC of the party can discipline the National Chairman or any other National officer of the party.
“Members of the public and the media should therefore be wary of agents out to distract PDP from the focus of retrieving our beloved country from the irreparable damage already done to it by the ruling All Progressives Congress.”
The wrangling within the PDP assumed a new dimension last weekend with multiple court orders which apparently frustrated the peace-making move by some elders within the party.
Secondus had resumed at the party’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday after a Kebbi State High Court on Thursday reinstated him as the party’s chair. He had been suspended by a Rivers State High Court last week.
But hours later, a high court sitting in Cross River State on Friday granted an interim order restraining Secondus from resuming office as PDP chair.