Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:35 am
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The Chairman, Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Felix Obuah haa warned aspirants under the platform of the party to be guided by the party’s constitution in their activities, adding that the party would not tolerate actions that would bring the party into disrepute.
The Party Chairman announced that the party would not hesitate to wield the big stick on aspirants who would want to tarnish the image of the party.
Obuah gave this warning in apparent reaction to criticisms of 16 gubernatorial aspirants about the leadership of the party in the state, after the ward and local government primaries,which tended to drag the name of the party and its leadership into disrepute through syndicated press statements and conferences.
The Chairman said it has become very imperative to urge aspirants to be decorous, and stop engaging in those unfaithful and caustic activities and statements.
The Party noted what it called the orchestrated actions by aspirants deliberately designed to malign the Party and its leadership by continuously dishing out outright falsehood, unsubstantiated claims and above all, threatening the tranquility and harmony in the party through various media publications and misrepresentations at public fora.
The PDP Chairman reminded all aspirants that the Party remains supreme over and above individuals and will not hesitate to conduct its programmes and activities according to the provisions of its Constitution, in this case, the provisions of Article 58(1), which states thus: the Party shall have power to discipline any member who says or does anything likely to bring the party into disrepute, hatred or contempt; engages in anti-party activities; engages in any conduct likely to cause disaffection among members of the Party or is likely to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient conduct of the business of the Party; engages in unauthorized publicity of disputes within the Party or creates a parallel Party at any level and promotes factions or belongs to any groups under the guise of the Party and by whatever name called, not being one provided for in the Constitution of the PDP.
Obuah warned unequivocally that the Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party shall apply those relevant provisions of the Party Constitution against any erring member, no matter how highly placed, to serve as a deterrent to others.