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Kogi PDP in crisis as Sec suspends Chairman

By Boluwaji Obahopo

LOKOJA—The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kogi State, Sam Uhuotu, was, yesterday, suspended by the State Executive Committee, SEC.

The suspension, which came after a vote of no confidence was passed on Uhuotu, was contained in a letter addressed to him, dated September 29 and signed by 30 out of the 37 SEC members.

The members, at a meeting held at the secretariat of the party in Lokoja, the state capital, accused the chairman of violating the provisions of Chapter 10, Section 58 (1 a, b, c, d and h) of the constitution of the party.

However, in a swift reaction, the embattled Chairman said he does not believe in the suspension as he was yet to be served with the letter.
Speaking to Vanguard on phone, Uhuotu said until he receives the letter in person, he will not “react to mere allegations.”

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According to the members, the embattled chairman deliberately refused to call a meeting of the SEC since assuming office, and hardly come to the office in Lokoja, but prefers to stay in Abuja.

The letter read in part: “The underlisted members of the state executive committee of the party wish to bring to your notice that we no longer have confidence in your ability to lead and carry the party to its desired destination due to your constant and deliberate violations of the provisions of our party constitution.

“You have deliberately refused to pass any information to the members of the state executive committee, which has led to lack of party activities in the state, local and ward levels.

“The party as it is today in the state under your leadership has remained stagnant.

“You have constituted yourself into a one-man executive, where you take and implement decisions without following the laid down provisions of the party.

“After the loss of the party in most of the elections, you did not deem it fit to call for meetings to discuss the supplementary election, strategise for those elections and deliberate on how assistance can be rendered to our various candidates.”

The SEC members said following the suspension of Uhuotu, his Deputy should take over and constitute a disciplinary committee, consisting of seven people, to look into the allegations leve-lled against the Chairman.


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