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Reps Minority leadership saga: PDP panel meets Elumelu, others



The committee established by the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the People Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday met with Mr. Ndudi Elumelu and six other lawmakers.

The party suspended lawmakers because of the leadership crisis in the House of Representatives of Minorities. The other suspended members are -Gole Oke, Lynda Ikpeazu, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwadi, Toby Okechukwu, and Adekoya Abdul-Majid.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee chaired by former Senate President Iyorchia Ayu met with suspended lawmakers at his residence in Abuja.

The five-person committee was established on Tuesday to intervene in the matter and submit its report within seven days. Committee members include Senator David Mark, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, Senator Adolphus Wabara and Mr. Austin Opara as secretary.

Ayu, who spoke with reporters, said it was a family affair, and said that “party elders meet and this is a family affair.” He said that the decision of the committee would be the best for the game.

The NAN reports that some other legislators elected under the party platform, no less than 50, also attended the meeting venue, in solidarity with their suspended colleagues.

One of the lawmakers who advocated anonymity told reporters that the issue is not just about Elumelu and the suspended members, but concerns all elected legislators on the PDP platform.

“This problem is not only about Elumelu, but about all of us. So, we are here to show our support to all of us, believing that at the end of the day, the match will be stronger, “he said.

The PDP on Friday suspended Elumelu and six other members of the House of Representatives for a month for the struggle of minority leaders in the lower house.