- The Ebonyi chapter of the PDP has suspended members of the NASS representing the state
- Sam Egwu, who is one of the suspended senators, was a former governor of the state
- The lawmakers were accused of anti-party activities
Hours after Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi officially joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the three senators from the state and five House of Representatives members over alleged anti-party activities.
PM News reports that the suspension came as a surprise as the elected members on Wednesday, November 18, vowed to remain in the party despite the defection of Governor Umahi to the APC.
Legit.ng gathered that the state PDP chairman, Barrister Onyekachi Nwebonyi, however, suspended the lawmakers who he accused of working against the party.
The three senators are Sam Egwu, a former governor of the state, Michael Ama Nnachi and Obinna Ogba.
The suspended House of Representatives members included: Chukwuma Nwanzunku, Sylvester Ogbaga, Livunus Makwe, Idu Igariwey, Victor Aleke and Chris Usulor.
The party further invited them to appear before its disciplinary committee to defend themselves over the allegations on Friday, November 20.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor David Umahi’s special assistant on internal security and public utilities (Urban), Egwu Chidiebere, resigned his appointment.
It was reported that the governor’s aide resigned the same day Umahi formally defected from the PDP to the APC.
Chidiebere said the irreconcilable ideological differences and personal considerations in the state prompted his resignation.
In another report, some lawmakers elected on the platform of the PDP vowed not to follow Governor Umahi to his new home in the ruling APC.
The lawmakers made their decision known when the Ebonyi state caucus of the National Assembly which consists of five House of Representatives members and three senators met recently.
One of the senators, Sam Egwu said Governor Umahi, instead of defecting from the PDP, should be grateful to the party because it was the party that gave him all the opportunities he is enjoying in Nigeria's political landscape today.
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