Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Suspension of the Chairman of Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Adedayo Dayo along with the Secretary,Alhaji Seminu Sodipo by some members of the State Working Committee of the Party has been described as null and void.
The National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju on 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 the Party has the power 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 against him or her.
His words: “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”.
Adeyanju also pointed out that the purported suspension by those who are claiming powers to suspend the chairman and secretary of Ogun state 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 of the Party, even as he assured them that the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party would handle the matter appropriately.
Chief Adedayo Dayo and Alhaji Seminu Sodipo were allegedly suspended on Monday by the State Organising 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.