The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Friday that the suspension order slammed on its disputed House of Reps Leader, Ndudi Godwin Elumelu and six other members is still in force.
The main opposition party had, on July 11, suspended the members for going against its choice of candidates for Minority positions in the House of Representatives.
Those suspended alongside Elumelu included Lynda Ikpeazu, Wole Oke, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwadi, Toby Okechukwu and Adekoya Abdul-Majid.
In a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the suspended members cannot conduct any business of the party at whatever level until disciplinary measures have been concluded.
The statement said: “That the NWC in its wisdom, knowing that nature abhors a vacuum and consistent with its position on the matter, which has not changed, directed that the affairs of the PDP Caucus of the House of Representatives be organised and managed by: Hon. Kingsley Chinda, Hon. Yakubu Barde, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema and Hon. Muraina Ajibola.
“That the members mentioned in paragraph 3 above have the express mandate and authority of the PDP to lead its Caucus at the House of Representatives.
“That the PDP under our leadership will not reward disloyalty and will not allow anyone other than the party to impose their choices on us with the sole aim of annihilating or stifling the voice of the opposition.”
The party called on its members in the National Assembly and other organs of the PDP to accord the party’s choices the necessary support to execute its mandate.