Orji Kalu, others not suspended –PPA spokesman
•Party dismisses suspended state chairman’s action
From Chuks Onuoha,Umuahia
Friday February 17, 2012

The leadership of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), in Abia State has said the purported sacking of Board of Trustee Chairman of the party , Dr Orji Uzor Kalu and other high ranking officers of the party by the former chairman of the Party, Ezeogo Dr Emeka Onuoha was in reaction to his earlier suspension on February 10, for anti-party activities.

The party’s Publicity Secretary, Oliver Eze Obiezu, who addressed the press yesterday in Umuahia, in company with other state party executives said Onuoha had been suspended indefinitely with a letter dated February 10. He said his rushing to the press to announce the suspension of the national officers of the party, when he was only a suspended state chairman amounted to political illiteracy.

He said everybody in the party was startled with onuoha’s annoucement of suspending a host of party leaders at both national and state levels, including the BOT Chairman , Chief Dr Orji Uzor Kalu and stated that he was only acting in ignorance . “We felt that he should have known the rules of the party, having served at various levels , but he exhibited so much ignorance through his action of going on air to announce the suspension of a whole party hierarchy.

“You can well see from the dating of the letter that he was only reacting to his indefinite suspension as an embattled, suspended party chairman. We saw our action as an in-house thing, which need not be made public, but he felt that he is being smart by rushing to the press. “His action amounts to political suicide. Immediately he was handed the letter of his suspension , he rushed to the Secretariat, carted way all the valuables, including electronics, files, vehicles parked there etc. The body he quoted that suspended the leadership at both national and state does not exist. We are here to inform you properly of the situation of things”, the Publicity Secretary said.

In the letter of indefinite suspension made available to Daily Sun , Onuoha was accused of abandoning the party interest for his personal interest. He was also accused of failing to call a meeting of the party bodies from May 2011 to February 2012 (ten months.) “On Thursday, 26th January, 2012, you invited the Local Government Chairmen of our party to Obingwa LGA where you told them that you were taking them to a new political relationship in view of the failure of the PPA BOT to carry on the business of political activities.

This action confirmed your agenda as the chairman. It is observed that you within the period in question, looted and vandalized the party assets under your care. You have not only removed vehicles, electronics, furniture, equipments, but also sensitive documents of the party were evacuated by you without authorization”.
He said that it was as a result of this and more that he was suspended and that the suspension would be communicated to the National Executive Council of the party.

Signatories of eleven members of the state working committee of the party were appended to the letter of indefinite suspension.

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