Ika South PDP prohibits political appointees from accompanying aspirants on consultation visits
…sets 5-man disciplinary committee
By Marvin Enyosa
In a bid to ensure peace and good conducts amongst members of the People's Democratic Party, (PDP), as the people prepares ahead of up coming elections, the leadership of the party, Ika South chapter, has prohibited political appointees in the local government area from accompanying aspirants on consultation visits. This formed the major agenda of the party meeting with the appointees held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the party Secretary in Agbor. The party Chairman who expressed gratitude to all members of the party for electing him and other members of his executive into office, asserted that the enforcement of the ban was a directive from the head of the party, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, to prevent the people from heating up the party system. He emphasized that on no account should any political appointee avail themselves the privilege to join or be in a consultation visit of an aspirant(s) seeking elective position either at the local, state or Federal government.
He warned that any political appointee who flouts the directive, would have to face sanctions in line with party constitution, that will be put forward by a disciplinary committee of the party.
In a similar development, the party Chairman frowned against an act of insubordination being committed by a member who allegedly claimed the ownership of the party structure in Ika South.
Onya in his reaction, expressed disappointment over the unguided comment suspected to have come from an office holder, acknowledging that such comment could deprived other members from seeking same office he occupies, hence a breach of peace and unfair treatment to the faithful.
He said, “we may not wish to call name for now, but about 50 percent of you here are aware of this matter. However, if that person could beat his hand on his chest to claim that he owns the Ika South PDP structure, belonging to the Governor, it is unacceptable and we must take our stand. He should be called to order, because failure to do so, will amount to unfair judgment to members with political aspiration.
“The party under my administration will uphold the supremacy of the party and going to make sure that we install discipline in the system. Therefore, those aspiring for elective positions, be it Governorship, House of Rep., and House of Assembly, must be treated fairly.
In regards to the above matters, the Party Chairman proceeded to inaugurate a 5-man committee whose responsibilities are to tackle the provocative statement and subsequently sanction appointees who shall flout the Governor’s directives in line with the Party constitution.
Speaking further, Hon. Onya reminded the stakeholders of their obligations as to payment of their monthly party due, stressing that the commitment would help the party to have effective running of it’s Secretariat.
Among the disciplinary committee members inaugurated includes, Prince Ngozi Emioma, The Executive Assistant to the Governor on Water Resources Development as Chairman, Barr. Osacar Osagide as Secretary while Chief Dr. Emmanuel Tibi, Hon. Sunny Tatabuzogwu and Hon. Mrs. Patience Onyesom as Members.
In his acceptance speech, the Chairman of the Committee, Prince Emioma, thanked the party leaders for the confidence reposed on them to ensure discipline in the party. He assured that the committee will discharged their duties without fair or favour and in the same vein appealed to any member summoned by the committee, to respond.
In a swift reaction from stakeholders present at the meeting such as Elder Peter Idion, Hon. Sunny Ogwu and Hon. Godwin Ezedom, in their separate remarks commended the courage of Hon. Onya and his stand to ensure discipline in the party.
They described his action as a welcome development, asserting that it was a step in right direction.
They expressed joy over the meeting which according to Hon. Sunny Ogwu, brought the opportunity for the appointees to know their selves while Elder Idion humbly appealed that some of the appointees whose place of assignment are of far distance, be given some consideration in subsequent meetings.
Also, Comrade Jerry Ehiwario, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Student Affairs, gave account on the recent matter on insecurity and Mr. Nduka Omodon, Senior Special aide on New Media, on his part, appealed to all stakeholders to sensitize their people on the increasing cases of Covid-19 pandemic in Delta State.