June 25, 2024

Edo LP Suspends Factional State Chairperson Ativie

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…No ward or LGA chairman has the authority to suspend anybody – Ativie

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The factional State Working Committee (SWC) of Labour Party (LP) on Saturday, 1st June, 2024 suspended Elizabeth Ativie from the party over alleged gross misconduct and insubordination.

Recalled there has been series of suspension and counter-suspension recently in the party both in Edo State and at the national level.

The9jaTREND reports that the leadership of the party in the state ratified the alleged suspension of the party national chairman, Julius Abure, by the executive of Ward 3, Arue-Uromi, in Esan North-East Local Government Area on Friday, May 24, 2024.

Abure was suspended for alleged anti-party activities.

Ativie’s suspension was taken at an enlarged meeting of the State Working Committee (SWC), led by Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi, factional chairmanbwhich was attended by local government chairmen and secretaries of the party.

The Uhunmwonde Local Government chairman of the party, Aghedo Sunny Okhiongbamwonyi read the suspension of Ativie by her ward.

Okhiongbamwonyi said the former speaker of the State House of Assembly was suspended by Ward 4, on May 4, 2024, for gross anti-party activities and insubordination.

He said the suspension letter was signed by the Ward Chairman, Charles Usiesefe and Secretary, Mike Ighile.

He said the suspension had an immediate effect.

He said the embattled factional chairman was advised to restrain from holding out or parading herself as a member of the party in the ward.

Okhiongbamwonyi added that the suspension was ratified by the local government executives of the party on May 30, 2024.

He explained that the local government executive found all the grounds leading to her suspension to be incontrovertible and, therefore, ratified the suspension.

Acting on the local government executive’s ratification of the suspension, the State Working Committee of the party also ratified the suspension of the factional chairman from the party.

Responding, Ativie said she remains the authentic state chairman of the party and was not aware of any meeting suspending her.

“They should know that, by the constitution of the Labour Party, no ward or local government chairman has the authority to suspend anybody or the chairman. It is dead on arrival, I am the current state Labour Party chairman in Edo State,” she said.

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