BY DAYO JOHNSON

AKURE – THE crisis in  the Ondo chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over alleged   suspension of the Defence Minister, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN, by the  state,PDP, deepened weekend as the local branches of the party dissociated themselves from the purported suspension.

Leadership of the party led by its state Chairman, Dr Tayo Dairo and its Secretary, Mr Olusola Oludipe had suspened Kayode via a letter to the National Secretariat alledging anti-party activities.

In their reaction, the party in Akoko Northwest local government area of the state where the Minister comes from, said they were not aware of any suspension of  Kayode for any anti-party activities.

According to a letter to the National Chairman of the Party, Dr Haliru Mohammed, the Chairman of the local branch of the party, Prince Alaba Arohunmolase,  Secretary, Mr Apalowo and the Treasurer, Chief Z.O Abegunde described the purported suspension of Kayode “as frivolous and reprehensible.”

They said “for a party man to be suspended, the initiative must be from the ward level to the local government through the state to the National Secretariat. The purported suspension did not follow the party constitution and thus remain null and void and of no effect.”

Also, they said Kayode as a party man who is loyal to his boss, President Goodluck Jonathan could not be treated as a dissident by the party which he  committed his time and fund to sustain.

They pointed out that “the Minister made available adequate funds to the party through the state chairman before and during the last elections. Similarly, provisions were made from the units, wards and local government.

“He gave PDP candidates who were contesting elections reasonable amount of money. All these facts are verifiable and figures will be published in due course. If at all we lost the elections in Ondo State through the connivance of the Minister as claimed by Dairo and his group, what happened in Ogun, Oyo and Osun States respectively?

“Did the Minister connive with the Action Congress of Nigeria in those states? Definitely, No! Rather than sitting down and re-strategize to reposition the party on the part of victory for future elections, people are making baseless, mischievous and ridiculous allegations against the person of the Minister.”

Meanwhile, reports from the South West meeting of the party held weekend said that it was agreed that the suspension of the Minister was misplaced and the leadership of the party were directed to rescind the decision. The meeting held at Ibadan was said to have been chaired by the Former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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