Osun PDP Expels National Secretary, Others

PDPA faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), being supported by Senator Iyiola Omisore, has announced the expulsion of the National Secretary of the Alli Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo; and the Chairman of another faction of the party in Osun State, Mr. Soji Adagunodo.

The factional chairman of the party, Dr. Bayo Faforiji, made the announcement during a congress at the PDP secretariat located along Osogbo/Gbongan road on Thursday.

Also expelled, were the immediate past Chairman of the Party, Gani Olaoluwa, as well as Secretary of Adagunodo-led executive, Bola Ajao.

According to Faforiji, the expelled PDP leaders were found guilty of anti-party activities in relation to the suit filed to stop Eyitayo Jegede from becoming the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ondo State.

He said a disciplinary committee was set up to investigate various anti-party activities against them over a month ago, but none of them appeared before the committee to defend themselves.

He added that the factional Chairman, Adagunodo and his secretary, Ajao, were party to a suit instituted against the emergence of Eyitayo Jegede as PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State.

Faforiji further stated that the report of the committee, indicted Olaoluwa and Oladipo for their complicity in the matters relating to Ondo PDP governship tussle.

“I am moving the motion that the former National Secretary of the PDP, Prof Wale Oladipo, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, the Former State Chairman of the party, and Sola Adagunodo, the problematic person, that is giving us problems, he has shown that he’s now a member of the Ondo PDP, by being a plaintiff against our able Eyitayo Jegede, and the former PRO of the party Bola Ajao be expelled”.

Reacting to the allegations and their subsequent expulsion, the spokesperson for the Soji Adagunodo-led PDP faction in the state, described the purported expulsion as a joke, stating that they lacked the powers to take such action as the party machinery, according to him, lies with the Adagunodo faction.

To Bola Ajao, “the likes of Iyiola Omisore, Bayo Faforiji, Bunmi Jenyo, Ojo Williams and others have been engaging in anti-party activities for sometimes now.

“It is on record that they have been meeting political parties, trying to railroad some of our members into their new found political party.

“And we have duly constituted a disciplinary committee to try them, as the validly and duly constituted executive of the party in the state, we are only waiting for the imbroglio within the party to go down, that’s why no action has been taken.

“So, it’s funny and ridiculous for them to sit there and be saying that. They have no locus, no standing within the party to make such pronouncement on dignified and lawfully constituted executive of the party,” he said.

Court Stops S/West PDP Zonal Congress

Kwara State, PDPThe Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its national chairman, Ali Modu Sherrif, from conducting any election into the party’s Southwest Zonal Executive Committee.

Justice Ibrahim Buba also barred PDP from recognising any such election until the originating summons is determined.

The zonal congress was scheduled to hold on May 14 in Akure, Ondo State and Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.

The judge made the order following an application by the incumbent Zonal Secretary, Chief ‘Pegba Otemolu.

He is suing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDP, Sheriff and PDP National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo.

The plaintiff is praying the court to hold that it was wrong for the party and its national officers to contemplate organising a zonal congress for the Southwest when the tenure of the Zonal Executive Committee members had not lapsed.

He contended that since members of the zonal EXCO were elected on October 11, 2014 to serve a four year tenure, their term would end on October 11, 2018.

Granting the plaintiff’s prayer, Justice Buba held “that an order of interlocutory injunction is granted to the Plaintiff/Applicant restraining the second, third and fourth defendants from conducting or permitting or recognizing any election into the offices of the South West Zonal Executive Committee pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Summons.”

The implication is that the Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe-led zonal EXCO will continue in office until the suit is determined.

Justice Buba adjourned till May 24 for hearing.

PDP National Secretary On Atiku

The National Secretary of The People’s Democratic Party, Prof Wale Oladipo, has described as baseless, the statement credited to the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar over his roles in the current leadership crisis rocking the national leadership of the party.

Prof Wale Oladipo said the statement was unfortunate, coming from someone who has benefited immensely from the goodwill of the PDP.

During a reunion meeting of party members from Ogun West Senatorial District in Idi Iroko, Ipokia Local Government Area, Professor Oladipo asked members to remain focused and united, as they look forward to the 2015 elections.

“The PDP has not fallen and will not fall but as for what His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said, we will still love to believe that he was misquoted.”

“In case he was not misquoted and if we believe what the press reported that the plot to split PDP was hatched 4 months before our last mini convention; that will be most unfortunate from someone of his status within the party.

“I don’t want to join issues with an elderly Nigerian but for people, who have had the opportunity to benefit from this party, to be plotting against the party, I think I will leave it to Nigerians to decide what they think of such human beings.”