ABIA PDP SUSPENDS CHAIRMAN.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia
With less than three months to the 2019 general elections, the Abia state Executive of the Peoples’ Democratic Party has suspended the state chairman of the party, Chief Johnson Onuigbo.
The suspension was contained in a communique issued by the EXCO after their meeting in the absence of the state chairman.
The communique signed by 19 members of the executive in the state, accused Chief Onuigbo of high handedness, violation of the party’s constitution, and running the affairs of the party like a private business.
The aggrieved members frowned at the inability of the chairman to convene meetings of the state working committee or the EXCO as stipulated by the constitution, adding that since after the primaries, the EXCO was yet to meet.
They further alleged that the chairman unilaterally handpicked all the candidates of the party without involving them.
According to the communique, the chairman lacks the spirit of accountability and transparency in running the affairs of the party, where he has assumed the status of a “demi-god”.
They consequently passed a vote of no confidence on him and pronouncing his suspension forthwith.
The EXCO also directed the state Deputy Chairman, Chief P.c. Onyegbu to take over as the Acting chairman of the party and also set up a 7 man disciplinary committee to allegations levelled against the suspended chairman, Chief Johnson Onuigbo.
The signatories to the communique include the zonal chairmen of the three senatorial zones, state organizing secretary, state publicity secretary among others.