- Suspended members of the PDP in the House of Reps have been pardoned
- The ban was lifted on the suspension on Thursday, February 18, by the leadership of the party
- Kola Ologbondiyan, the party's spokesman, said the decision was taken at a crucial deliberation
Following the recommendations of its committees, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the lifting of the suspension placed on seven of its members in the House of Representatives.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the members included, Ndudi Elumelu, Wole Oke, Lynda Ikpeazu, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwani, Toby Okechukwu and Adekoya Addul-majid.
Legit.ng gathered that the party in a statement issued on Thursday, February 18, by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the lifting of the suspension was based on the recommendations of a committee set on issues relating to the suspension.
According to Ologbondiyan, the party charged the lawmakers to be loyal to the party and obey its directives in line with its constitution and vision of its founding fathers.
The party maintains that it would continue to recognize the PDP caucus of the House of Representatives as led by Kingsley Chinda and charged all members elected on the platform of the party to continue to participate in the activities of the caucus.
The PDP urged the lawmakers to ensure a stronger and more viable opposition that speaks with one voice in the legislative house.
It also directed the harmonization committee led by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to further meet with members in the House of Representatives with a view to ensuring harmonious relationships among them.
The lawmakers were suspended for going against the party’s decision on the minority leader’s position in the House of Representatives at the commencement of the present Assembly.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed media reports claiming it is planning to return Nigeria's former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as its presidential candidate in 2023.
It was reported that the party's spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said on Wednesday, February 17, that the party does not have a presidential candidate yet as it has not sold nomination form to anybody.
Ologbondiyan said the PDP is always ready to defend democracy and will not in any way support the imposition of candidates.
The PDP spokesperson said the party is not plotting to remove its national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, as being claimed in some quarters.
He reiterated that the party is united and is already working on taking over from the APC in 2023.
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