The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River on Friday suspended a governorship aspirant in the state, Goddy Jeddy-Agba, and 10 others from the party.
Mr John Okon, Chairman of the PDP in the state, said they were suspended “for corrupting the process of the just-concluded ward delegate congress election in the state’’.
Mr. Okon also said they were suspended for taking the hierarchy of the state party to court against party rules.
He named the other suspended as Sandy Onor, Venatius Ikem, Jones Tangban, Tony Ngban, Ubi Itam, Kenut Ndoma-Egba, Ernest Irek, Livinus Odiga, Samuel Willie and Godwin Igiri.
“We don’t have powers to suspend Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and Rep. Chris Eta because they are members of the National Assembly; the (party’s) Constitution says so.
“Following the just-concluded delegate congress, a lot of issues occurred. We have party members that ridiculed the party; others went to court against the party rules.
“Some party members across the state also sent petitions against them.
“Following this, I had to summon the party’s exco in the state to sit over them and we took a resolution that those involved should be suspended accordingly’’, he said.
According to him, the suspended members have been referred to the appropriate party committee in the state in line with the constitution of the party for thorough investigation.
Mr. Okon said the committee would be headed by Joseph Effiom, adding that the committee would study the suspension and send recommendations to the party hierarchy in the state.
Reacting to the development, one of those suspended, Sandy Onor, said “the action is a joke, a desperate joke by a vanquished cabal.”