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Nigeria: PDP nullifies party’s National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh’s suspension


The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has announced the nullification of the purported suspension of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

This was contained in a statement by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon, on Thursday in Abuja.

It noted that contrary to the suspension of the National Publicity Secretary, the party‘s NWC, at its Wednesday meeting, reiterated its implicit confidence in his ability and actions that had stabilised the party so far.

The statement read, “The NWC restates its implicit confidence in the National Publicity Secretary and expresses satisfaction with his commitment toward the progress and development of our great party at all levels.

“The NWC of the PDP notes with concern, misleading reports that a certain group in Anambra State, unknown to our party, has purportedly suspended Chief Olisa Metuh.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the NWC reiterates that Chief Olisa Metuh is a member of the National Executive Committee and as such, can only be disciplined by NEC.

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“He can be disciplined in accordance with Sections 57(7) and 59(3) of the PDP Constitution 2012 (as Amended), and that is in the event that a need for such arises.”

It added that “the purported suspension is therefore a nullity.’’

In a similar development, the NWC also declared as a nullity, the purported “impeachment” of Capt. Olatunji Shelle(retd.) as the Lagos State Chairman of the party by the Lagos State Executive.

It added that Shelle was also a member of NEC and could only be disciplined by NEC as prescribed by the PDP constitution.

It stated that members of PDP in Lagos with genuine complaints and grievances on the running of the chapter were at liberty to channel such to the NWC for appropriate action in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution.

“The NWC urges all party faithful to go about their normal activities, in accordance with the constitution of the party and extant laws of the land,’’ the statement said.

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