A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, has called for the expulsion of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and his cronies for allegedly causing disaffection within the Lagos State chapter of the party.
The PDP leader made the call while reacting to the crisis bedeviling the state chapter of the party, adding that the party is still very formidable.
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It would be recalled that the Lagos PDP currently has two chairmen.
"There is no division in the party. It is just some minions misbehaving. There are laws in the party. The state chairman is a member of the National Executive Committee of the party. I didn’t state it: It is part of the party’s constitution that no member of the NEC can be removed by any lower strata except by the NEC.
"Thus, I don’t know the constitution they used in removing the chairman. They are doing it for their selfish interest. Whatever Musiliu Obanikoro is doing in Lagos is just a nonsensical move. They should be dealt with by the disciplinary committee of the party and thrown out. I think the ultimate plan is to get some people to defect to the APC.
"Is Obanikoro a loyal member of the party? Party chairmen cannot be removed illegally. When we wanted our national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, to go, we did not do it illegally. He resigned by himself.
We are at the Election Petitions Tribunal and need to be focused. This is not the time for such misbehaviour," he said.
Speaking on how the party will forge ahead with no national chairman or Board of Trustess chairman, he said it is only the NEC that can recommend a new chairman and call a convention to ratify the decision.
"Thus, in the meantime, the deputy national chairman is acting (in that capacity). Since the chairman has resigned, it is the responsibility of BoT members to elect a new BoT chairman and that can be done internally by the BoT members.
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"The BoT does not have executive powers like the national chairman. It is the elders’ club of the party and it only handles serious matters which the party cannot handle. Thus, Dr. Aliru Bello is acting for now. We don’t do elections in BoT, we just do consultation and appoint”, he averred.
Meanwhile, he had earlier taken a swipe at Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, saying he’s a joker if he thinks he has the full control of the Southwest, adding that the APC national leader lacks knowledge of Yoruba history.