Posted on Sat 6 Jul 2019, 12:13 AM

Nigeria's leading opposition party has suspended the factional Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, and six other members.

The suspension is contained in a statement by the party's National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

But in a swift reaction, the affected lawmakers describe the party's action as hasty.

Mr. Elumelu, in a statement issued on.behalf of the seven lawmakers expressed shock at the decision of the National Working Committee of the party.

Elumelu described the suspension as hasty. 

He maintained that contrary to the party's position that the affected parliamentarians shunned its invitation for a meeting, they got the letter of invite very late, at a time, all of them were out of Abuja. 

In his own reaction, Wole Oke from Osun state, said his suspension was unfortunate.

He accused PDP  of suspending its most loyal member and insisted that he took the path of honour and Constitutionalism by pitching his tent with Elumelu.

He insisted the party could not go it alone or shun the  8 other political parties which form the minority in the House. 

His words, "On Speakership , PDP had no candidate . I followed my conscience, I followed what my Constituents clamoured for . I followed practices and Conventions"

Also suspended are Lynda Ikpeazu from Anambra state, Anayo Edwin from Ebonyi state, Gideon Gwani from Kaduna state, Toby Okechukwu from Enugu and  Adekoya Abdulmajid from Ogun state.

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