35 days to the general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended some chieftains of the party in Enugu, Imo and Ekit States over allegations of anti-party activities.
This was confirmed in a statement released on Friday night by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
Prominent among them are former Governor of Enugu State, Dr Chimaroke Nnamani and Chris Ogbu from Imo State.
According to the statement, the party chieftains from Ekiti that were suspended included: Ayeni Funso (Ekiti North), and Ajijola Lateef Oladimeji (Ekiti Central).
Others are: Emiola Adenike Jennifer (Ekiti South II), Ajayi Babatunde Samuel (Ekiti North II), Olayinka James Olalere (Ekiti Central), Akerele Oluyinka (Ekiti North I), and Fayose Oluwajomiloju John (Ekiti Central I).
Ologunagba stated that tbe suspension takes effect from Friday, 20th January 2023.
He said the decision was taken by the National Working Committee after extensive review of the party activities in line with provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).
Part of the statement reads: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has after a very extensive review and consideration of the affairs of our Party in the country, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) approved the suspension of Senator Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu State) and Chief Chris Ogbu (Imo State) with effect from today, Friday, January 20, 2023, over allegations of anti-party activities.
“In the same vein, the NWC has approved the suspension of the underlisted Party members in Ekiti State also with effect from today, Friday, January 20, 2023, over allegations of anti-party activities.”
He added that the “PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our Party across the country to remain united and focused on the mission of our Party to Rescue, Rebuild and Redirect our nation from misrule.”
Meanwhile, the part NWC has also dissolved the PDP Ekit State Executive Committee with immediate effect.
Ologunagba, who also confirmed this in a statement, said the party’s NWC which acted on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC), had approved the setting up of Ekiti State Caretaker Committee to run affairs of the party in the state for a period of three months effective from Friday, 20th January 2023.
“Following the recent developments in the Ekiti State Chapter of our great Party, the National Working Committee (NWC), after careful deliberations and extensive consultations, on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and pursuant to Sections 29(2)(b) and 31(2)(e) of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017), has dissolved the PDP Ekiti State Executive Committee with immediate effect,” Ologunagba stated.
He further stated that the NWC has approved the appointment of Arch. Sadiq Obanoven as Chairman of the PDP Ekiti State Caretaker Committee in line with “Section 24(2) of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).”
The part, he said, urged all party leaders, Stakeholders and teeming members in Ekiti to “remain united and focused on the task ahead.”
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