Chief Olisaemeka Akamukali, Acting Deputy National Chairman, DPP
By Yemi Akinsuyi
A faction of Democratic Peoples Party, (DPP) has described as a nullity the purported suspension of Senator Akpor Pius Ewherido, the acting National Chairman of the party, Chief Olisaemeka Akamukali, and a few others by the party.
The Delta State chapter of DPP, during the week suspended Senator Ewherido, representing Delta Central senatorial district in the National Assembly; the Acting National Deputy Chairman, Olisemeka Akamukale, the Vice-Chairman of the Delta Central senatorial district, Henry Olori, as well as a leader in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, Cyril Ogodor.
Chairman of the DPP in the state, Chief Tony Ezeagwu, said they were suspended for anti-party activities, explaining that they attended meetings held by All Progressives Congress, (APC), the yet-to-be registered merger party, which refused DPP membership.
Ezeagwu said, “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 had been attending APC meetings when we have not been admitted into the 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.”
Reacting to the suspension, at a media briefing in Ughelli, yesterday, a faction of the party, in a statement signed by Chief Henry Olori, Chairman, DPP Delta Central and State Vice Chairman; Chief Chris Ezeuko, State Auditor, DPP Delta State from Delta North and Mr. E. U Opukri, Legal Adviser, DPP Delta State, from Delta South, said the purported suspension was a nullity “as events have already overtaken the actions.”
They explained that during the National NEC meeting of the party in Abuja, they resolved to join the merger of opposition parties in Nigeria under the APC, adding that some of the leaders of the party in Delta State were at that NEC meeting.
“A series of fruitful and highly successful meetings were held with leaders of the APC and this culminated in the Special Convention of the party which was held on Tuesday April 30, 2013, in Abuja, with majority of DPP leaders from across Nigeria in attendance. The convention had the blessing of INEC, which wrote to give the green light.”
They said at the convention, the National Auditor of the party, Muhammed Yahaya Jingi, moved a motion for the merger with other opposition parties under APC, and that it was unanimously adopted.
“The implication is that as at Wednesday, May 1, 2013, when the said meeting, where our leaders were purportedly suspended, was held in Asaba, DPP as a party had already joined the merger. As far as we are concerned, the train has moved on and those, who do not want to embrace the wind of change that is blowing across Nigeria, are the ones who gathered in Asaba to announce their intention to remain locked in the dungeon of failure and political stagnation.”
According to them, Chief Great Ogboru, the DPP governorship candidate at the last election, was at the meeting where DPP resolved to join APC and was part of the 12-man committee, stating that “when it became obvious to him that he will not get the APC governorship ticket unopposed as he is used to, he decided to discontinue with the merger.”