Ayu Committee grills Elumelu, Ikpeazu, others over house principal officers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), committee set up to investigate the emergence of Hon.Ndudi Elumelu as minority leader of the House of Representatives chaired by former Senate President Iyorchia Ayu, met with the suspended lawmakers.

Honourables Elumelu, Wole Oke, Linda Ikpeazu and six others were suspended last week by the leadership of the PDP were joined by their colleagues who came in three coaster buses and about 17 private cars, at the residence of the committee chairman, in Abuja.

Before meeting with the suspended lawmakers, the Ayu Committee set up by the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT),  last week and made up of Senators Adolphus Wabara,  David Mark, Ibrahim Mantu and Hon. Austin Opara met and resolved that regardless of how the party’s directive was allegedly disregarded by the embattled lawmakers, the PDP would not take a decision capable of factionalizing its ranks. 

In his brief remarks,  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 craved anonymity stressed the importance of peace,  saying the party,  having made a decent outing in the 2019 general elections, could not afford any form of crisis capable of endangering peace.

“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.

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