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The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State on Friday suspended of seven of its members in the state House of Assembly for alleged anti-party activities.

A statement by the PDP State Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, listed the suspended lawmakers as the Deputy Speaker, Posi Omodara; Deputy Leader of Government Business, Fajana Ojo Ade; Segun Adewumi; Badejo Anifowose; Olayode Omotoso; Cecelia Dada and Olanrewaju Olayanju.

Adebayo alleged that the lawmakers collaborated with All Progressives Congress lawmakers to punish PDP members, partook in suspension of local government chairman and councillors who are PDP members and that they maintained silence when the House purportedly endorsed APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

Adebayo said the PDP State Working Committee had also set up a panel “to further investigate the extent of the damage the affected members had done to the party,” adding that “part of the committee’s mandate is also to find out other collaborators, who are members of the party and recommend appropriate sanction”.

But the Deputy Speaker, the deputy leader of Government Business, who is also a PDP House of Assembly candidate, and other lawmakers, said the PDP SWC lacked such power, saying the party’s constitution Section 59 (3) stipulated that only the party National Executive Council could discipline them.

Omodara, who dismissed the allegations levelled against the lawmakers, said, “Due process should be followed in any circumstance. We only saw this purported suspension on social media. There is no official communication, there was no time we were accused of committing an infraction.

“They are only trying to satisfy their paymasters. We remain committed members of the PDP. There is a PDP candidate here. How can he endorse APC candidate? There is no way any decision can be taken against us based on the decision of the House of Assembly,” he queried.



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