A candidate for governor in Ogun is expelled for alleged wrongdoing.
Jimi Lawal, a party candidate for governor, was expelled from the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday for alleged gross misconduct, forgery, anti-party actions, and violations of the party constitution.
The party claimed that Lawal's ejection was in accordance with the recommendations of the disciplinary committee that had been established by the state executive committee of the party to look into Lawal's and others' participation in the "illegal" governorship primary election that was run by his faction.
The party said that in addition to Lawal, three other members of the were suspended together with Lawal: Muyiwa Odebiyi, Moruf Olajide, and Ademola Ojoye.
Speaking to reporters at the party's secretariat in the state capital of Abeokuta, Barrister Tola Odulaja, the chairman of the disciplinary committee, said the expulsion was in conformity with the party's constitution.
According to Odulaja, the committee appointed by the party's national working committee in February 2022 recommended their expulsion as a result of Lawal's disobedience to the party by organizing and taking part in a "illegal" governorship primary in the state.
Odulaja said, “Jimi Lawal, the person behind the scene who wants to wreck this party, we recommend his expulsion from the party.” In approving the committee's recommendations, the party's chairman, Sikirulai Ogundele, stated that the disciplinary measures were carried out impartially and in compliance with the party's charter.
The perpetrators were given a fair hearing, he said, but ignored repeated calls to come before the committee. When reached, Austin Oniyokor, the project director for the Jimi Adebisi Lawal Campaign Organization, called the expulsion "a prank taken too far."
“How can these people take such a step when the initial illegal act is already a subject of litigation at the Federal High Court, Abeokuta; and the parties, including the active participants had been served the court summons?
“As a matter of fact, the matter came up yesterday, Monday, 31st October, 2022 at the Federal High Court, Abeokuta. Definite hearing has been fixed for 30th November, 2022.
“Clearly, the purported suspension and illegal expulsion are comical acts taken too far. These steps cannot stand the test of time and the law. These acts are contemptuous of the court which will be set aside sooner than later as in the case of Amaechi v. INEC & Ors. (No. 1) (2007) 18 NWLR (Pt. 1065) 42.
“We implore all our long-standing delegates, leaders, elders and stakeholders of the party to remain calm. All these shenanigans are no more than a storm in a teacup. It is will soon fizzle out”, Oniyokor said.
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