Abuja, NIGERIA — A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, has reacted to his suspension by the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Working Committee, insisting that the action of the NWC is, to say the least, disappointing.
He said the NWC members should hide their faces in shame for leading the party to abysmal failure in the 2023 general elections, rather than looking for ‘soft targets’ to suspend.
The statement read, “The action of the NWC is, to say the least, disappointing. I thought the concern of the NWC now would be how to undertake a thorough self-examination on why they performed so poorly in the 2023 general elections rather than seek to further divide the party by shifting blames.
“It smacks of arrogance for the NWC to put up a bold face instead of showing remorse and being sober for leading btye party to such colossal loss in the 2023 general elections, thereby dashing the hopes and expectations of party members and indeed Nigerians.
“It is clear that arising from the leadership style of the NWC, many members, intentionally and proudly, worked against the party, including members of the NWC. Therefore, it is a display of innate cowardice for the NWC to choose soft targets to suspend and fear those who daily demonise the party.
“It is difficult to explain why the NWC is in a hurry to suspend leaders of the party without recourse to fair hearing, without which their action is null and void.
“In the case of Ebonyi State, the NWC imposed a candidate from the sitting Governor’s zone, contrary to the zoning formula of the state. Every effort to let the NWC see reasons fell on deaf ears. On the day the party’s presidential rally was held in Ebonyi State, I told Dr. Ayu I was boycotting the rally because I cannot support the candidate they imposed on Ebonyi State.
“Dr. Ayu did nothing. He did not care even as I did not attend the Ebonyi rally. The NWC may wish to know that I am proud to have supported the APC Gubernatorial candidate to win the election because that conforms to the equitable formula In Ebonyi State. It is therefore my expectation that the NWC should reverse itself in the interest of the party.”