Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Disarray in Ogun PDP state chapter as 9 members suspend Chairman and Secretary

Reports have it that controversy has erupted in the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ogun state chapter. This follows the indefinite suspension of Chief Adebayo Dayo, the party chairman and Alhaji Semiu Sodipo, the party secretary. 

According to a report on The Punch, both men were suspended by nine members of the party’s state working committee, who unanimously elected Chief Ibukunolu Ojosipe and Muritala Adegoke as interim chairman and secretary respectively.

The nine officers accused Dayo and Sodipo of alleged financial misappropriation, indiscriminate imposition of candidates and exclusion of party officials from the on-going PDP congresses. 

Speaking on behalf of the nine officers at a media briefing in Abeokuta, Dr. Folasade Filani, the organising secretary of Ogun PDP, said the suspension was in accordance with section 21(5) of the party’s constitution. 

She said: “The chairman and secretary would remain suspended pending the time their cases would be determined by the appropriate organ of the party. 

“We passed a vote of no confidence in the state chairman, Mr. Bayo Dayo, and the state secretary, Alhaji Semiu Sodipo, and further suspended the duo respectively from the party with immediate effect – having formed the quorum of over one-third as prescribed by section 21(5) of the party’s constitution pending the time their cases will be determined by the appropriate organ of the party. 

“The PDP national secretariat would be duly informed about the development even as she urged party members to cooperate with the new interim officers.”

Filani claimed that from the financial facts available between 2013 and 2015, it was discovered that over N250m was allegedly misappropriated and spent by the duo without approval and due process. 
However, in a swift reaction, Dayo described their suspension as “illegal.” 

Source- Punch (Nigeria)

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