By Kolade Larewaju
THE intractable crisis rocking the Peoplesâ€™ Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State continues to deepen as the party yesterday declared that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole was part of the problems and threatened to suspend or even expel him if he failed to retrace his steps.
Addressing a meeting of the State Executive Council, the Chairman, Elder Joju Fadairo accused Speaker Bankole of â€œmaliciously violatingâ€ the party constitution through his actions and utterances and warned that the party would not hesitate to discipline him.
The Chairman in the address which was later adopted as the position of the party, following a motion moved by the Chairman of Abeokuta North Local Government, Chief Habeeb Ajayi said â€œit is substantially clear now that Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole is part of the problem and not a solution as he has pretending to be in the pastâ€
The meeting called following statement credited to Mr. Bankole to the effect that the party executive in the state would soon be re-arranged, warned him to desist from issuing such statement in the media and engaging in anti-party activities.
Elder Fadairo said â€œthe punishments for these offences include censure, suspension with a fine, disbarnment from holding any party office and expulsion from the party. We know our legal duties and we understand our constitutional responsibilities but we have refrained from taking any of these actions not because we are incapable of doing so or because we lack the will to do it.
â€œRather , we are mindful of the several efforts made by the national leadership of the party in the past months to ensure continued peace in Ogun State PDP and also due to our resolve to continue to accommodate all shades of opinion within the Party in reverence to the objectives of the PDP.
â€œSuffice it to say that we shall not hesitate to discipline any erring member who constitutes a law unto himself and will not abide by the common canons and constitutional objectives of the PDP, the Rt. Hon. Bankole not being an exception.
â€œAs a political party, we have a moral right to discipline or reprimand party members and give general direction on matters; hence the party will forfeit the very essence of its existence.â€