The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah for one month. The party has also refereed Senator Buruji Kashamu to its disciplinary committee for action.
Briefing journalists in Abuja on Thursday, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said Ubah, who was a governorship aspirant in Anambra State, got suspended for disregarding a query issued him by the leadership of the party.
On Kashamu, Adeyeye said the leadership of the party had queried the senator representing Ogun East over some of his actions which the PDP considered inappropriate and detrimental to the stability of the party.
Adeyeye said: “This week, we had some disciplinary issues regarding the issue of Anambra governorship primaries, in which one of the aspirants had launched a major attack against the leadership of the party in the media.
“I am talking in the person of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah who not being satisfied with the decision of the Governorship Appeal Panel, decided to launch a vitriolic attack on the leadership of the party and those who were involved in the conduct of the primary.
“The National Caretaker Committee took a decision to issue him a query, asking him to retract the statement and to offer apology to those who have been disparaged by his remarks in the press.
“He chose not to answer the query. Of course the query was issued under the relevant sections of the Constitution of the PDP. But he decided not to answer the query; consequent upon which the National Caretaker Committee today decided to suspend him for a period of one month and to refer the matter to the National Disciplinary Committee for further necessary action”.
Adeyeye said of Kashamu, “He too was issued a query by the National Caretaker Committee some weeks ago. In his own case, he replied the query and denied some of the allegations made against him. He was basically saying that he is not responsible for some of those things for which he was accused of.
“Consequently, the National Caretaker Committee also took a decision to refer his case to the National Disciplinary Committee for further necessary action”
According to the party spokesman, the disciplinary committee is expected to submit its report within two weeks.
Ubah was suspended for launching media attacks on members of the primary election committee set up the party to conduct the Anambra State governorship primaries. Mr. Oseloka Obaze won the primary election.
The oil magnate had described the primary election as a “sham” and accused the leadership of the party of doctoring the delegates’ list for the primaries.
According to him, the list of accredited delegates used for the primary election was different from the one the party submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ubah had accused the chairman of the primary election committee, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State of manipulating the exercise by unilaterally pruning the number of delegates.
He had challenged Obaze’s victory on the ground that the latter was still awaiting the party’s decision on his waiver application at the time the primary election was conducted.
Ubah had threatened to take the PDP to court, following the failure of the party leadership and its various conflict resolution organs to address his complaints.
“I was robbed of the PDP governorship ticket at the primary election and all my efforts to get redress from the leadership of the party, including the Appeal Panel and the Board of Trustees (BoT) failed to yield result”, Ubah had said.
Apparently, Kashamu is being investigated for challenging the decision on the party leadership dissolving Ogun State executive committee in court.
The party had, a few weeks ago, dissolved the state’s executive committee loyal to Kashamu and had set up a caretaker committee in its place.
Kashamu had kicked against the decision of the party, an action that attracted a query from the party leadership.
In response, the senator said the query was contemptuous of a subsisting court judgment relating to the leadership crisis in the Ogun State chapter.
Kashamu’s response states in part, “I am extremely shocked by the content of your letter to the effect that I instigated the police to arrest and prefer criminal charges against certain party members whose names were mentioned in your letter.
“This is more so because the issues raised in the letter practically have no direct bearing to me except to the extent that I am the leader and highest PDP political office holder in Ogun State.
“First and foremost, I differ to the assertion that the Nigeria Police could be instigated into performing their statutory responsibilities. As a Nigerian lawmaker and Senator of the Federal Republic, I strongly believe in our institutions and thus have no doubts about the professionalism and capability of the Nigeria Police to perform their functions should the need arise”.