The crisis trailing the just-concluded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congresses across the states yesterday took another dimension as the national leadership of the party faulted the purported suspension of the Chairman of Ogun State chapter of the party, Chief Adedayo Dayo.
The party described his suspension along with the Secretary, Alhaji Seminu Sodipo, by nine members of the State Working Committee as illegal.
The National Auditor, Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, in a statement yesterday in Abuja described the action as illegal and against the constitution of the party.
Adeyanju stated that no state chapter of the party has the power to suspend or discipline its chairman without due process as contained in the constitution of the party, stressing that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) has such power after thorough investigation.
He said: “Chief Dayo, being a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party can only be disciplined or suspended from office by the NEC based on reports from the state chapter of the party upon thorough investigation; this has not been so until this is done. The pur-ported suspension is illegal.”
The National Auditor also pointed out that the suspension became questionable having discovered that some of the State Working Committee members involved in the action had left the party prior to the 2015 General Elections.
He said, “Many of them went to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), while some to the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the party had since replaced them from their respective zones; they are only coming back to cause crisis in the Party.
While calling on members to remain calm over the plots of certain elements to cause unnecessary crisis in the party, Adeyanju assured that the National working Committee (NWC) would handle the matter appropriately in due course.