Published On: Fri, Jul 12th, 2019

Reps’ Minority Leadership crisis: Ayu committee grills Elumelu, Ikpeazu, others

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

The latest crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over the emergence of Hon.Ndudi Elumelu as Minority Leader of the House of Representatives seems to abating as a committee chaired by former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu met with the suspended lawmakers in Abuja.
The meeting took place at the residence of Prof. Ayu in Abuja In a-close door.
Seven members of the PDP in the House of Representatives-Honourables Elumelu, Wole Oke, Linda Ikpeazu and others were suspended last week by the leadership of the party, were joined by their colleagues who came in three coaster buses and about 17 private cars.
The lawmakers numbering over 80 exchanged banters as they filled every available space in the expansive living room where they were hosted.
Before meeting with the suspended lawmakers, the Ayu Committee, set up by the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, last week and made up of Senators Adolphus Wabara, David Mark, Ibrahim Mantu and Hon. Austin Opara, had met and resolved that regardless of the intrigues which culminated in the flouting of the party’s directive by the embattled lawmakers , the PDP would not take a decision capable of factionalizing its ranks.
In his brief remarks, Senator Ayu said, “Elders of the party are meeting and this is a family affair,” adding that his committee would take a decision in the best interest of the party.
Also speaking, a member of the committee who craved anonymity stressed the importance of peace, saying the party, having made a decent outing in the 2019 general elections, could not afford any form of crisis capable of endangering peace.
According to the member, “Before the meeting with our lawmakers, we met as a committee. We are planning reconciliation and I can assure you that any decision reached will ensure peace.
We will not factionalize the party.”Similarly, a member of the House who came to the meeting in solidarity with the suspended lawmakers told newsmen in confidence that they thronged Ayu’s residence because the issue at was not a problem for Elumelu alone, but the concern of all lawmakers elected on the platform of the PDP.
“This issue is not about Elumelu alone but about all of us. So, we are here to show our support for all of us, believing that at the end of the day, the party would be stronger,” he said.
At the meeting were Senators David Mark, Adolphus Wabara, Ibrahim Mantu and Hon. Austin Okpara.
Others included Honourables Ndudi Elumelu, Linda Ikpeazu and Francis Agbo among others.
It would be recalled that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, penultimate Friday, announced the suspension of Hon. Elumelu and six others, accusing them of acting out a script against the directive of the party, which had earlier forwarded a list of its preferred choice of minority leadership to the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.

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