The Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi State has suspended its Chairman Tochukwu Okorie for alleged misconduct.
He was suspended following a resolution during an emergency meeting by the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party.
The party’s Deputy State Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Nworie, who spoke to newsmen after the emergency meeting on Monday in Abakaliki, said that the committee resolved that Okorie be suspended for a period of one month.
According to him, the committee decided to suspend the chairman for his consistent failure to organise executive meetings for a period of four months since he was reinstated as chairman by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
Nworie said, “At the emergency SWC meeting, 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.”
Those at the SWC meeting include the deputy chairman, the legal adviser, the publicity secretary, and the women leader.
Meanwhile, Okorie, according to a NAN report, has reacted to his suspension by the SWC, describing it as illegal, and arguing that “it is only the national leadership that can suspend me.”
He said, “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 in carrying out party activities.”