The South-South Northern Alliance has condemned the suspension of 19 senior members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP alleged to have formed a rebel faction by demanding internal democracy.
The group, in a statement signed by Comr. Fredrick Igere and Mr. Stanley Garry National President and National Publicity Secretary respectively, said the sus-pension of the 19 members of the party was a calculated attempt by Chief Vincent Ogbulafor and his cohorts to have a grip of the party at the expense of the Acting President.
According to the statement, â€œthe suspension of two Presidents of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani and Chief Adolphus Wabara; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Masari; a former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, and a former Transport Minister, Mr. Abiye Sekibo, and 14 others is totally wrong.
â€œHow can PDPâ€™s embattled chairman and his group suspend its chieftains without due consultations, at a time the party is seekingÂ restructuring?â€
The statement added that about three years ago certain development not envisaged hit the party but party members stood solidly like soldiers to address the challenge, advising that the party leadership must not relent because more challenges are still there and that there is need for all of them to work together like a family to overcome the challenges.
The group called on the party hierarchy to solely rely on the ideas of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to achieve the proposed internal democracy, repositioning and abolition of thuggery and violent conduct not to engage their attention because as the biggest party in the sub-Saharan Africa they have the responsibility to show good example.