UPP suspends ex-minister Osita Chidoka and others for alleged anti-party activities

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Former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka

United Peoples Party (UPP) in
Awka on Tuesday announced the suspension of some of its leading members
in Anambra  for alleged anti-party activities. Those affected are a former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, Chief Chudi Ofodile, the National Treasurer of the party, Mr Flint Obiekwe and Chief Nwabueze Anyichie, its Deputy National Secretary.

Chidoka and Ofodile are governorship aspirants in the Ananmbra governorship election scheduled  for Nov. 8.
The
Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Chief Uche Amaku,  said
the four were suspended for allegedly indulging in acts  aimed at
undermining the authority of the state executive of the party.
Amaku said the party’s Disciplinary Committee would decide the fate of the affected persons.
Meanwhile, Dr Sylvester Igwilo,
the Chairman of the party in the state, said Chidoka and Ofodile did
not show documentary evidence of their resignation from PDP as required
by Article 7 paragraph B of UPP Constitution.
He also said both aspirants introduced money politics in the party and induced members to gain advantage.
“They
have introduced money politics of inducing members with cash donation
which tends to bring the image of the party to ridicule.
“Both
aspirants were found to have deposited five  million naira into the
account of the party without the consent and approval of state executive
committee.
“They had also
appeared for a purported screening without the approval and authority of
the state executive committee outside the provision in the party’s
constitution.
‘’All these tantamount to anti-party activities to undermine the state executive authority of the party,” he said.
Igwilo
said the two members of the National Executive Committee from Anambra,
Obiekwe and Anyichie were suspended for their role in attempts to
undermine the leadership of UPP in Anambra.
Reacting to the development, Chidoka told NAN that he was unaware of his suspension as he had not been informed by the party.
The former minister said he had not contravened any provision of the party constitution.
He
said he was busy meeting stakeholders and consulting ahead of the
party’s primary election and how to build a stronger and more resilient
UPP in Anambra and Nigeria.

On his part, Ofodile described his suspension as surprising. He said he would react after he was served by the party.
Also reacting, the National Chairman of UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie said the development was a handiwork of enemies of party.
Okorie
dismissed the development and described it as `inconsequential’ as
officials and delegates for the party primaries were ready for the
exercise slated to hold on Saturday.

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