Ogun PDP crisis worsens, party suspends governorship aspirant, four others
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has suspended its governorship aspirant, Hon. Ladi Adebutu and the acting chairman, Hon. Taiwo Akinlabi.
The party also suspended the state secretary, Hon. Sunday Solarin, state publicity secretary, Mr. Akinloye Bankole, and Ogun East senatorial chairman, Arc. Kayode Adebayo.
IsL source reports that they were suspended for alleged disobedience to the subsisting court judgement which produced the current executives of the party.
The Ogun PDP chapter made this announcement in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Tuesday, signed by the Financial Secretary and Assistant State Treasurer, Hon. Bola Odumosu, and Mrs. Akibu Oriyomi respectively.
According to the statement, IsL source, The PUNCH reported that, the suspended members were found guilty of contravening the terms of settlement entered in the consent judgement that birthed the current executives of the party in the state.
The statement read, “It is a known fact that the current executives of our party in Ogun State are a product of the consent judgement which was obtained after both parties (Adebutu & Kashamu faction) agreed to the terms of settlement.
“Clearly, a part of the judgement indicating security of tenure reads that, ‘The parties agree that persons nominated into positions in the Ogun state executive committee in pursuant to these terms of settlement SHALL NOT be REMOVED or SUSPENDED until the expiration of the term of the current Executive Committee of the PDP in Ogun State in April 2024.
“To our greatest surprise, some lawless individuals gathered themselves to announce the suspension of members in doing the bid of their paymaster. This is totally against the position of the terms of the settlement.
“Also, these bad eggs connived with an aspirant of the party to manipulate the delegates’ list used during the primary elections which led to the nullification of all the elections, leaving our party with no candidates as of now, despite the short period to the election.
“This is absurd, senseless and unacceptable. We have never had it this bad in the Ogun PDP. They will soon be cited for contempt of court having acted in flagrant disobedience of existing court judgments and orders.
“In the light of the foregoing and having been found culpable of acts capable of threatening the peace and unity of the party, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, Hon. Taiwo Akinlabi, Hon. Sunday Solarin, Mr. Akinloye Bankole & Arc. Kayode Adebayo are hereby suspended for a period of 30 days. They are to appear before the State Disciplinary Committee of the party to explain why their suspension should not translate to expulsion on or before the expiration of the one-month suspension.”