The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday reversed the suspension of former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former Senate President, Pius Anyim and three others.
The party had last week suspended Fayose, Anyim and others for anti-party activities.
Others suspended last week were former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema; Commissioner for Education, Benue State, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar and a chieftain of the party in Zamfara, Dr. Aslam Aliyu over the same offence.
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom was also referred to face a disciplinary committee for anti-party activities.
But the PDP, in a statement on Thursday, issued by Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary, voided the the suspension which were done during the chairmanship of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, who has since stepped down following a court ruling.
According to the statement, “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023 extensively discussed recent developments in the Party.
“The NWC recognized the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among Party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.
“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.
“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following underlisted members of our great Party:
1. H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State)
2. Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State)
3. Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State)
4. Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State)
5. Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State)
“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the Party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).”
The statement added that the NWC charged all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our Party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity and harmony in the Party at this critical time.
“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our Party and Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal” it said.