As the battle to get the APC merger registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rages on, the Delta state Democratic People’s Party (DPP) this morning suspended Senator Pius Ewherido, who is said to be interested in the governorship race in 2015, for attending meetings of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Senator represents the Delta Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly.
The State Executive Council of the party also suspended the acting national deputy chairman, Olisemeka Akamukale; the vice chairman of Delta Central Senatorial District, Henry Olori; as well as one Cyril Ogodor, a leader of the party in Sapele Local Government council.
The chairman of the Delta State DPP, Tony Ezeagwu, told a press conference in Asaba this morning that the decision to suspend the members was reached at the state executive council which was held today in Asaba, the state capital.
Ezeagwu disclosed that the DPP bigwigs were suspended “because of gross misconduct and engaging in anti-party activities.”
Admitting that the party had applied to be part of the APC, Ezeagwu explained, “We inaugurated a 12-man committee to midwife our joining the APC and we officially applied but the application was not approved. But Ewherido and Akamukale went ahead and been attending APC meetings when we have not been admitted into that fold. Akamukale went to INEC to say that he is the acting national chairman of the party in his bid to force us into the merger.”
He further stated that the DPP has officially pulled out of the APC because a majority of its members, including those in the House of Assembly, do not want to be members of an unregistered political party.
With reference to the acting national deputy chairman, he said, “Akamukale did not go to the national as an elected deputy national chairman. We appointed him to the position in acting capacity after the resignation of Frank Kokori who [was] elected during our convention. So we are only recalling him from that position.”