Another battle line has been drawn between the Rivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Rivers Government over the expulsion of 18 members of the party for failing without just cause, to appear before the performance evaluation committee (PEC) of the party.
Information Nigeria reports that the affected members are either political appointees of Governor Rotimi Amaechi or party leaders loyal to him.
The expulsion was announced by factional chairman of PDP, Chief Felix Obuah while addressing journalists at the Aba Road State Secretariat of the party on Monday.
Those who were shown the exit door from the PDP according to Mr. Obuah include: Mr George Feyii (Secretary to Government); Sir Tony Okocha (Chief of Staff); Dr Sam Jaja (ex Deputy National Chairman PDP); Mrs Aleruchi Cookey-Gam (Administrator, GPHCDA); Chief Victor Giadom (Commissioner for Works); Augustine D. Wokocha (Hon. Commissioner for Power) Worgu Bom Esq. (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice) Joe P. Poroma (Commissioner for Social Welfare & Rehabilitation); Ezemonye Ezekiel Amadi (Commissioner for Lands & Survey); Fred Igwe (Commissioner for Sports); Hon Emmanuel Chinda (Commissioner for Agriculture); Mrs Joeba West (Commissioner for Women Affairs); Patricia Simon Hart (Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development); Okey Amadi (Commissioner for Energy); Charles Okaye (Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs); Nnabuihe N. Imegwu (Commissioner for Culture & Tourism); Ibim Semenitari (Commissioner for Information & Communication) and Mr Samuel Eyiba (Commissioner for Local Government).
The party chairman justified the party’s action, saying it was based on the recommendation of the disciplinary and the performance evaluation committee which had to wield the big stick on the affected members for not only shunning its invitation but also not considering it worthwhile to excuse themselves or send in written reports of their stewardships despite the well publicized sitting arrangements of the committee.
Their deliberate refusal to appear before the PEC, Mr. Obuah said, is an affront, insubordination and lack of respect for constituted authority.
“We had no choice but to show them the way out of the party because we cannot continue to operate in this disorderly manner being a serious and disciplined political party”, the chairman remarked.
On those members who did not appear before the committee but escaped party sanction, Mr. Obuah explained that they were able to communicate both the party leadership as well as the committee on their unavoidable absence, but most importantly, he said they sent in a documentation of their performances which the committee accepted as satisfactorily.