*Over 80 Reps showing solidarity
By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The fact-finding committee set by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unearth the circumstances surrounding the emergence of Hon. Ndudi Elumelu as minority leader of the House of Representatives has commenced sitting and has interrogated the minority leader while over 80 House of Representatives members appeared in solidarity.
PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) had last week constituted the committee made up of Senators Adolphus Wabara, David Mark, Ibrahim Mantu and Hon. Austin Opara, charging them to investigate the intrigues which culminated in the flouting of the party’s directive by the embattled lawmakers.
The committee chaired by former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu on Thursday in the house of the Chairman in Maitama, Abuja met the suspended lawmakers behind closed doors.
The dissident lawmakers led by Hon. Elumelu, Wole Oke, Linda Ikpeazu and six others 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.
Addressing newsmen before commencement of sittings, 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 does not want to be named stressed the importance of peace in the party, stressing that having made a decent outing in the 2019 general elections, PDP could not afford any form of crisis capable of taking it backwards.
“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 matter at issue 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.