The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) has expressed shock over his suspension by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
DAIlY POST reported that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday suspended Elumelu and some of its top members at the House of Representatives.
The members are; Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Hon. Wole Oke, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, Hon. Anayo Edwin, Hon. Gideon Gwadi, Hon. Toby Okechukwu and Hon. Adekoya Abdul-Majid.
Reacting Elumelu in a statement on Friday in Abuja said that he was surprised that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party would suspend him without a fair hearing.
The NWC had earlier invited Elumelu and other minority principal officers of the house to appear before the committee and explain how they emerged principal officers against the will of the party.
The principal officers who emerged under controversial circumstances, however, failed to appear before the committee scheduled for Friday July 5.
Elumelu said that he lost an aunt and left Abuja immediately after Thursday’s plenary for Delta.
The minority leader said that he left immediately after sitting and that his gate-man received the letter of invitation at about 7.45p.m. on Thursday.
Elumelu said that the gate-man called him at 8p.m. to inform him of the development and he tried to reach out to other members named in the letter to see if they could be at the meeting.
The lawmaker said that he found out that other members were also out of town so he directed a Special Assistant to convey the message to the NWC and request for a new date.
The statement read: “I am surprised and shocked, that the National Working Committee of our great party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) can sit and take a decision without giving room for fair hearing.
“I had expected that if the date we suggested was not convenient for the party, they would have propose another day when we could appear before them.
“I have great respect for the party and am ready to serve.”