PDP Didn’t Suspend Imo Ex-Deputy Governor, Says Chairman


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has refuted report of the suspension of a former deputy governor of Imo State, Gerald Irona.

The party said it could not have suspended Irona, an engineer who it described as its pillars more so when he had not committed any offence.

Chairman of the PDP in Oguta Ward A, Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Chukwuma Okoroafor, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Owerri, Monday.

Okoroafor, who frowned at rumours of suspension of the former Deputy Governor said the names on the letter of suspension are not members of the party in the ward and therefore not known to the party.

 Speaking on the letter alleging that the former Deputy Governor was suspended by his Ward (Oguta Ward A), Okoroafor described the letter as fake, adding that those whose names appeared on the said letter were neither members nor known to the PDP in the ward.

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He warned that the party would deal decisively with anyone caught, wanting to bring the name of the former Deputy Governor to disrepute.

Okoroafor said; “Hon. Engr. Gerald Irona is our pillar in Oguta Ward A. He is our hero. We have no problems whatsoever with him. There is no pending issue whatsoever, not to talk of suspending our leading light.

“Those behind the fake letter are not members of the PDP. They are not known to the party. They are being sponsored to embarrass our leader.

“We shall deal ruthlessly with anyone trying to bring our leader to ridicule. We do not joke with him. We call on law enforcement agencies to investigate and arrest for prosecution, the source, author, and circulation of the purported letter of suspension of our cherished leader.”

Okoroafor also poured encomiums to the former Deputy Governor for what he described as his inspirational leadership and exceptional support to the party, reiterating their loyalty to the former deputy governor.


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