Ogun State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, announced the suspension of its governorship aspirant, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, the Acting Chairman, Hon. Taiwo Akinlabi, State Secretary, Hon. Sunday Solarin, State publicity secretary, Mr. Akinloye Bankole and Ogun east senatorial chairman, Arc. Kayode Adebayo on the ground that they acted in flagrant disobedience of the subsisting court judgement which produced the current executives of the party, thereby betraying the terms of settlement entered by the two warring factions in the State.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Tuesday and co-signed by the Financial Secretary and Assistant State Treasurer of the party, Hon. Bola Odumosu and Mrs. Akibu Oriyomi (a.k.a Irorun) respectively, the party said the suspended members were found guilty of contravening the terms of settlement entered in the consent judgement that birthed the current executives of the party in the State.
Aside that, they were also alleged to have connived with some unscrupulous elements within the party to manipulate the delegates’ list used in conducting the primary election of the party in Ogun State which consequently led to the multiple court judgements nullifying the party’s primary elections in the State. A situation that has led to the party not having candidates for the 2023 general election unless the courts come to the rescue of the party. This has never happened in the nearly 24 years of the Party in Ogun state!
Part of the statement reads, “It is a known fact that the current executives of our party in Ogun State are a product of the consent judgement which was obtained after both parties (Adebutu & Kashamu faction) agreed to the terms of settlement. Clearly, a part of the judgement indicating security of tenure reads that, “The parties agree that persons nominated into positions in the Ogun state executive committee in pursuant to these terms of settlement SHALL NOT be REMOVED or SUSPENDED until the expiration of the term of the current Executive Committee of the PDP in Ogun State in April, 2024”.
To our greatest surprise, some lawless individuals gathered themselves to announce the suspension of members in doing the bid of their paymaster. This is totally against the position of the terms of settlement. Also, these bad eggs connived with an aspirant of the party to manipulate the delegates’ list used during the primary elections which led to the nullification of all the elections, leaving our party with no candidates as of now, despite the short period to election. This is absurd, senseless and unacceptable. We have never had it this bad in Ogun PDP. They will soon be cited for contempt of court having acted in flagrant disobedience of existing court judgments and orders.
In the light of the foregoing and having been found culpable of acts capable of threatening the peace and unity of the party, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, Hon. Taiwo Akinlabi, Hon. Sunday Solarin, Mr. Akinloye Bankole & Arc. Kayode Adebayo are hereby suspended for a period of thirty (30) days.They are to appear before the State Disciplinary Committee of the party to explain why their suspension should not translate to expulsion on or before the expiration of the one-month suspension.