Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Suspension of the Chairman of Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP, Chief Adedayo Dayo, along with the Secretary, Alhaji Seminu Sodipo, by some members of the State Working Committee of the party has been declared as null and void.
National Auditor of the party, Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, Tuesday, faulted the purported suspension of the duo in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
Adeyanju said the action was illegal and against the constitution of the party as no state chapter of has powers to suspend, or discipline, its chairman without due process as contained in the constitution of the Party.
He stressed that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) has such power after thorough investigation into allegations.
“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, until this is done the purported suspension is illegal”, he said.
Adeyanju also pointed out that those who purportedly suspended the duo had left the party prior the 2015 general elections.
“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. This, we will not allow to happen”, he said.
The National Auditor called on members of the party to remain calm over the plots of certain elements to cause unnecessary crisis in the state chapter assuring them that the National Working Committee would handle the matter appropriately.
Chief Adedayo Dayo and Alhaji Seminu Sodipo were allegedly suspended on Monday by the State Organizing Secretary of the Party, Dr. Folashade Filani.
Filani had alleged that the suspension, which was indefinite, was due to alleged financial misappropriation, imposition of candidates and exclusion of party officials from the ward congress.