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S/West Caretaker Committee Nullifies Suspension Of Five Ondo PDP Chieftains


 The South-West Zonal Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic

Party (PDP) has nullified the suspension of five chieftains of the

party in Ondo State, saying their suspension by the State Working

Committee fell short of procedures as laid down in the party’s

Constitution.


Chief Oyedele Ibini, Hon. Lad Ojomo, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, Hon. Rasheed

Elegbeleye and Hon. Ebenezer Alabi were suspended by the State Working

Committee of the PDP in Ondo State on December 22, 2020.


A statement on Tuesday, by the Zonal Director of Media and Publicity,

Lere Olayinka, said the Zonal Caretaker Committee took the decision at

its meeting in Abeokuta on Monday.


The Caretaker Committee in a letter to the Ondo State Chairman of the

party, Hon Fatai Adams, a copy of which was made available to

newsmen called for restrain and urged the chairman to always ensure

that his actions were in consonance with all extant laws of the party.



The letter signed by the Zonal Secretary of the party, Hon. Daisi

Akintan, dated December 28, 2020, was copied to the PDP National

Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, chairman of the National

Reconciliation Committee, Senator Bukola Saraki, and others.


It reads; “Sequel to the suspension of the following leaders of the

party in Ondo State; Chief Oyedele Ibini, Hon. Lad Ojomo, Mr. Ayo

Fadaka, Hon. Rasheed Elegbeleye and Hon. Ebenezer Alabi, and their

subsequent appeals to the Zonal Committee, in line with Section 61(1)

of the party’s Constitution (2017 as amended) in the grounds that

they were neither queried nor given a fair hearing before they were

suspended, the Committee is therefore compelled to act with immediate

effect.


“Consequent upon the above, the Committee diligently considered their

appeals severally, and relying on Section 57(6), which states that

‘any decision taken against a member who has not been informed of the

charges against him or has not been given any opportunity of defending

himself shall be null and void.’


“It was confirmed that they were arbitrarily suspended by the State

Working Committee without any preliminary hearing as demanded by the

Constitution.


“Therefore this action falls short of procedures as laid down by the

party’s Constitution.


“In exercising its powers as stated in Section 61(2), the Zonal

Caretaker Committee has therefore set aside their purported suspension

from the party forthwith.


“We also wish to advise that you exercise restraint and ensure always

that all your actions must be in consonance with all extant laws of

the party, especially now that the party is trying to recover from the

defeat suffered at the last gubernatorial election in the state.


“Please note that it is inauspicious for the party to embark on any

action that is capable of causing disaffection, discordancy,

disillusionment and despondency among members. You are therefore

advised to unite all tendencies within the party, and make them work

together in preparation for winning future elections.


“It is also of utmost importance you note that the National Working

Committee (NWC) in recognition of reconciliation as the key language

of the moment, inaugurated a Reconciliation Committee led by HE Dr.

Bukola Saraki, to look into all grievances and assuage same among

members. You are thus expected to refer to the Committee all

complaints, issues, grievances, and allegations, when they arrive your

State any moment from now.”


Bibiyobra: Tuesday, 29 December 2020 at 12/29/2020 07:32:00 pm

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