Monday 23rd January, 2017
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PDP leadership faults suspension of Ogun Chairman

PDP leadership faults suspension of Ogun Chairman

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.

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