by crossriverwatch admin
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River state has said it shall continue to wield the big stick by suspending any recalcitrant member, particularly those who without exhausting party mechanism in settling disagreements take the party to court.
Ntufam John Okon, the state chairman of the party made the revelation today, Tuesday in Calabar while interacting with media men.
Okon, who said the PDP shall continue to maintain high disciplinary standards, hinted that four cases were already in court, instituted by members who were aggrieved with the conduct of the just concluded primaries, preparatory to the September local government polls.
He explained that the four cases were brought against the party by some councilorship aspirants from Biase, Calabar South, Akamkpa and Yala, but promised that those members already stand suspended in line with the party’s constitution.
He said, “The party is supreme, and I believe strongly in the constitution of the party. Anyone who feels he can manipulate us to respond to his whims and caprices has made a mistake and shall be taught a lesson”.
The party chairman described as violent-free the just concluded ‘party primaries’ in the state, and submitted that “the magic that actualized the huge success story was conceived by Governor Liyel Imoke, and is anchored on consensus building, strict adherence to zoning and the principle of gender participation and equality.
“This virtue has produced four female chairmanship candidates and about 56 (fifty-six) female Councilorship candidates across the state. The party intends to fly not less than 15 female Vice-chairmanship candidates in the 2013 local government elections”.
He therefore challenged party members in Cross River and the country to study party constitution as well as the electoral act so as to be guided accordingly.
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