The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in the western Nigerian state of Ekiti worsened on Tuesday as the party announced the suspension of Mr Ayo Fayose, a former governor in the state.
The Chairman of the party, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, announced the suspension in Ado-Ekiti, the capital.
He said Fayose’s suspension followed the roles he allegedly played in the invasion of the state secretariat by hoodlums last week.
Also suspended with Fayose, he said, were the state Secretary of the party, Dr Tope Aluko, state Women Leader, Mrs Busola Oyebode as well as state Public Relations Officer, Kola Oluwole.
Ogundipe said investigations conducted by the party indicated that the suspended persons were connected with the crisis in the party.
The chairman denied allegations that he collected N5 million from an aspirant based in Abuja to help him emerge as the party’s consensus candidate.
He said those suspended would appear before the party’s disciplinary committee at a date to be announced soon.
But reacting, Fayose described his suspension from the party as “outright cancellation of the entire PDP in Ekiti State.’’
“This is not only laughable but ignoble; suspending Fayose is like suspending PDP in Ekiti.
“ It is the national leadership of PDP, not Ogundipe, that can suspend Fayose who toiled to make the party occupy its present position as major opposition party in the state today.
“ Fayose is an institution that cannot be excised from a party like PDP,” he said.
Source: PM News
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