The State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Okorie Tochukwu, was yesterday suspended for one month by the State Working Committee of the party over alleged misconduct.
The deputy state Chairman of PDP, Emmanuel Nworie, disclosed this after the SWC’s emergency meeting in Abakaliki, on Monday.
He said that the chairman had abandoned other party activities since his reinstatement, even as he claimed that Okorie allegedly joined an aspirant to file a suit against the party in the state.
Nworie, further revealed that Okorie was suspended owing to his failure to organise executive meetings for a period of four months since he was reinstated as chairman by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
“At the Emergency SWC meeting today, we reviewed the activities of our chairman, Tochukwu Okorie and his misconduct.
“The chairman has failed to organise a meeting for more than four months which is against the party’s constitution.
“The Deputy Chairman, the Legal Adviser, the Publicity Secretary, and the Women Leader were among those at the Emergency meeting of today.”
In his reaction, Okorie described his alleged suspension as illegal.
“It’s only the national leadership that can suspend me.”
“I am a member of the National Executive Council of the party and no member of the state working committee has the power to suspend me.”
“On the alleged gross misconduct, I am the chairman as directed by the court. I have the prerogative power to access the party’s account to carry out party activities, “he added.