- The crisis rocking the PDP in Ogun state worsened on Thursday as a faction loyal to a Oladipupo Adebutu and led by Ogundele suspended 40 members
- Those suspended were members of the Bayo Dayo-led faction of PDP and candidates of the party loyal to Kashamu
- In his reaction, Dayo said said the Ogundele-led faction lacks the power to suspend the party members who are recognised candidates in the forthcoming elections
The Ogun state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deputy governorship candidate, Reuben Abati, has been suspended by the National Working Committee (NWC) backed faction of the party
He was suspended alongside 39 others who are members of the Bayo Dayo-led faction of the PDP, and also recognised candidates for state and national parliamentary elections, Daily Trust reports.
The faction, led by Sikirulahi Ogundele, which announced the suspension in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Thursday, February 21, said they were suspended over alleged anti-party activities.
According to Ogundele, the decision to suspend the affected members was ratified at a state meeting of the party held at Legacy House, Onikolobo in Abeokuta.
“The suspension is at the instance of the ward and local executive committees which noted that affected members failed to appear before them and also did not respond to queries served on them,” the statement read.
Ogundele stated that the suspended members were allegedly found guilty of various offences ranging from factionalisation of the party against the mainstream leadership of Prince Uche Secondus-led NWC, making statements in the media capable of bringing the party to disrepute and organisation and participation in unlawful congresses, among many others.
Apart from Abati, others suspended were House of Representatives candidate for Abeokuta South constituency;
- Segun Sowunmi
- Sosanwo Adeola Ayoola,
- Odunjo Odunlaye Abiodun
- Apostle Biodun Sanyaolu
- Barr. Taiwo Shote
- Segun Showunmi Anthony
- Abimbola Lanre Balogun
- Sunmonu Monsuru Olusegun
- Kojeku David Sunday
- Ajose Paul
- Adesina Lateef
- Adekoya Adesegun
- Lawal Alaba
- Azeez Ola Ogedengbe and
- Adisa Akintomiwa
- Biliaminu Owolabi
- Sakiru Oladimeji
- Babatunde Tajudeen
- Wasiu Boladale
- Samuel Adeyemi Ope-Ifa
- Sunmonu Kayode
- Taiwo Akinfenwa
- Awojope Alao
- Adebayo Benjamin
- Bayo Raphael
- Abiodun Sylvester Niyi
- Segun Oduniga Kaka
- Seun Adesanya
- Awoyemi Olusegun Afolabi
- Adeluyi Solola
- Hassan M. A. Olajide
- John Tosin Oludoyin
- Fatai Adebimpe
- Babatunde Sikirulahi
- Okulenu Ojonla M.
- David Tayo Oluwole
- Ayomide Babatunde
- Kalejaiye Sunday Idowu
- Akinsonwon Adekunle
“The affected members are suspended until the reports of the disciplinary committees set up by the party are presented,” the statement added.
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In reaction to the suspension, Dayo said the Ogundele-led faction lacks the power to suspend the party members who are recognised candidates in the forthcoming elections.
“They are daydreaming. They lack the power to suspend candidates who have been recognised by the INEC,” Dayo said.
Legit.ng had reported that the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Ogun PDP faction under which Senator Kashamu emerged governorship candidate.
The apex court also struck out the appeal of the PDP seeking to relist its matter against the June 24, 2016 judgement of the Federal High Court, Lagos, which affirmed the Engr Adebayo Dayo-led state executive of the PDP in Ogun state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had accepted candidates’ list submitted by Dayo-led faction against the list submitted by the NWC, hinging its decision on court judgements of a Federal High Court.
The INEC subsequently recognised Kashamu as the governorship candidate, and Abati as his running mate.
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