The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State deepened on Saturday as the state executive members, loyal to Senator Buruji Kashamu, expelled the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, from the party.
Others expelled also included a member of the House of Representatives representing Remo Federal Constituency, Ladi Adebutu; a former member of Ogun State House of Assembly, Tolu Bankole; and the factional Chairman of the party in the state, Sikirulai Ogundele.
The Ogundele faction had, on Friday, announced the suspension of Kashamu, who is representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the Senate; the factional Chairman of PDP in the state, Bayo Dayo, and the state Secretary, Alhaji Semiu Sodipo.
Also suspended by the Sikirulai faction were a member of the state House of Assembly, Bowale Solaja; a former National Auditor of the PDP, Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju; the Zonal Secretary, Chief Pegba Otemolu, Daisi Akintan and Mr. Segun Seriki.
However, Dayo, while addressing a press conference at the party secretariat in Abeokuta on Saturday, described their suspension as “highly unacceptable, ridiculous, preposterous and affront to constituted authorities of the party in Ogun State.”
Dayo said Ogundele and his members lacked the power to suspend anyone because they had no authority or legal basis to do so.
Announcing the expulsion of Daniel and others, however, Dayo alleged that the ex-governor, Adebutu, Ogundele and others had, in the last few weeks, been negotiating with the All Progressives Congress and the Alliance for Democracy on how they would defect to other parties.
He said, “What they are currently doing is to weaken the PDP and cause deep disaffection within it before moving again to their next preferred party.
“We shall no longer condone this gross misconduct and anti-party activities.”
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