Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday expelled former National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, and Hon. Soji Adagunodo, a factional Chairman of the party in the state.
Others expelled are the immediately past state Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ganiyu OlaOluwa, and the Secretary of the Adagunodo’s faction, Hon. Bola Ajao.
The faction of the party loyal to Senator Iyiola Omisore, at a congress held at its secretariat along Gbongan/Osogbo, under the chairmanship of Dr. Bayo Faforiji, noted that a disciplinary committee was set up to investigate various anti-party activities engaged in by the affected members over a month ago.
Faforiji noted that the gathering of the receipt of a report from the committee and that the committee had recommended sanctions against those affected to enforce discipline in the party.
He said the committee gave those facing the allegations up to a month to appear before it to defend themselves, and that none of them considered the option.
The state PDP leader stressed that the factional chairman, Adagunodo, and his secretary, Bola Ajao, were party to a suit instituted against the emergence of Eyitayo Jegede as PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State.
According to the report of the committee, Faforiji further indicted OlaOluwa and Oladipo for their alleged complexity in the matters relating to Ondo State PDP governorship tussle.
The congress subsequently pronounced the members expelled and ordered them to return PDP property in their possession to the party secretariat with immediate effect, adding that the public should refrain from transacting business with those affected.
Reacting yesterday, the state Chairman of the party, Hon Soji Adagunodo, described his purported expulsion as a mere jester.