The People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Rivers on Monday expelled the secretary to the state government, SSG, George Feyii, and 14 commissioners, among others, for alleged insubordination to the party.
The state PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, announced this at a news briefing in Port Harcourt.
Obuah also announced the expulsion of Sam Sam Jaja, a former PDP deputy national chairman; Tony Okocha, chief of staff to the governor; Aleruchi Cookey-Gam and the sole administrator, Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, GPHCDA,from the party.
In what is apparently in line with the feud between the party in the state and Governor RotimiAmaechi, all those expelled are loyalists of the latter.
Obuah said that the expulsion was as a result of their failure to appear before the party’s performance evaluation committee.
“The following persons turned down the invitation of the party’s evaluation committee; neither did they send a report of their activities. Discipline must be upheld in the party for the party to progress, so we have no choice than to follow the recommendation of the disciplinary committee,” he said.
He said that the expulsion was not designed to witch-hunt perceived political enemies, but a decision to strengthen the party.
According to him, the expelled members are not loyal to the party and as such may be having divided loyalty to the opposition party.
Obuah explained that the party’s decision was a commendable one in view of the on-coming national convention.
He emphasised the imperativeness of going to the convention as a united front, adding that protection of the party and Rivers State was its priority.
The secretary of the party, Ibibia Walter, who also spoke at the press briefing, raised an alarm over alleged plans by the state governorand the acting Chief Judge to scuttle the party’s participation at the national convention.
Ibibia called on Governor Amaechi to leave the party alone if he was tired of the party’s membership.
He said that the party would resist any attempt by the government to use a court injunction to stop the party from attending the national convention.
Ibibia reiterated the readiness of the party in the state to continue to support the national leadership of the party as well as President Goodluck Jonathan.