Writer: Moses Alao and Dare Adekanmbi
FOLLOWING the dismal performance of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential and governorship elections in Oyo State, the state chapter of the party has suspended the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Jumoke Akinjide; senator representing Oyo Central senatorial district, Ayo Adeseun and the Chief of Staff to ex-Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Chief Saka Balogun, among others, over what it described as anti-party activities.
This came on the heels of a meeting of the PDP leaders in the South-West geopolitical zone, scheduled to hold today in Ekiti, which was said to have been convened by the duo of Ekiti and Ondo states governors.
Other politicians affected by the decision included Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha from Iseyin Local Government Area of the state and Honourable Moroof Akinwande from Oyo, with the party dissociating itself from them and urging the appropriate quarters not to recognise them or accord them respect due to leaders of the PDP in the state.
Leader of the PDP in the state, Chief Yekeen Adeojo, told Nigerian Tribune on Thursday that Akinjide and others were suspended for their anti-party activities before and during the governorship election, alleging that Akinjide diverted all the resources meant for the PDP to support the Accord Party in the governorship election, just as she misled party loyalists to support Senator Rashidi Ladoja.
Adeojo noted that while Adeseun and Balogun contrived to work against the PDP in Ogbomoso zone by supporting the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the election, Mustapha betrayed the PDP by working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Iseyin.
“It is a shame that these so-called leaders of the PDP sold out their conscience for personal aggrandisement and greed, despite their professed loyalty to the party
“While they have deceptively carried themselves as members of the PDP, their activities in the last governorship election showed their duplicity and it is on this account that the party has suspended them,” Adeojo added.
Reacting, Chief Akinjide described her purported suspension as a huge joke, saying “I dey laugh.”
Speaking with Nigerian Tribune on telephone, Akinjide said she could not be suspended by those whose roles in the party adversely affected its fortunes in the just concluded elections.
Similarly, Dr Saka Balogun, a chieftain of the party in Ogbomoso, described those who claimed to have suspended him as a band of semi-literate people, who should have been expelled from the party on account of their history of poor performance from 2011.
“Suspension is part of disciplinary measures in our party’s constitution. So, how would they suspend us without giving us fair or unfair hearing? These are people who are confused and don’t know what to do. As far as I am concerned, they are just talking to the air,” he said.
“If anybody is going to suspend anybody, it is they who should have been suspended. In fact, some of them should have been expelled from the party because the history of their performance is very bad,” he added.
Balogun said he had received a text message inviting him to a meeting with the Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, in Ado Ekiti, as one of the leaders of the PDP in Oyo State.
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