The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Col. Samuel Inokoba is embroiled in controversy over allegations of misconduct and misappropriation of N40 million, provided for the party by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Diezani Allison-Madueke.
Col. Inokoba has been suspended along with some officials from the State Working Committee (SWC), after an exhaustive deliberation by members of the State Executive Committee (SEC).
Confirming the suspension State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Barr. Osom Makbere said decision of the SEC has been forwarded to the National Leadership of the Party for ratification.
Barr. Osom noted that announcement is in accordance with the Party constitution, it is expected that the Deputy Chairman of the Party, King Serena Dokubo-Spiff will take charge of the running of the Party within the next 30 days.
Meanwhile a source at the meeting said the suspended State Chairman, Col. Inokoba was invited to appear before state working Committee but declined and reportedly travelled to Abuja.
According to this source, the members of the State Executive Committee (SEC) deliberated on a five charges of misconduct leveled against the embattled Col. Inokoba,"he was accused of refusing to join in the ongoing campaigns for Candidates from the Central Senatorial district because they were not his choice."
"He has since neglected to carry out his official duties as Party chairman and sponsored aspirants during the party primaries instead of engaging in neutrality as the Chairman of the Party. He also publicly, in the presence of party members, ordered his security aides and thugs to beat to death a party member due to dispute over party primaries materials."
"He also engaged in promoting factions within the State PDP and engaged in financial dishonesty with funds provided by members of the State PDP from the State and National level."
Reacting to the suspension, the Media Aide to the embattled State Party Chairman, Mr. Nelson Agadi (Jnr), described the reported suspension as illegal and a sponsored action, "the suspension is a lie that can not hold and it is a violation of the section 10 sub section 7 of the party."
The Deputy Chairman, King Serena Dokubo-Spiff was however absent from the meeting due to personal commitments in Port Harcout, Rivers State.