The State Executive Committee of Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended three of its members for alleged anti-party activities.
The trio was accused of consistently and flagrantly breaching major provisions of the Party Constitution and have been found to have involved themselves in anti-party activities which could cause disunity among party Faithfuls.
The members were also noted to have constantly been creating, disharmony, discord, and division in the party by calling unauthorized state Executive meetings with the intention of creating a parallel structure within the party.
The members suspended are:
1.Mr Muiz Shodipe- The State Secretary
2.Barrister Taofik Gani – The State Publicity Secretary
3.Mr Nurudeen Adewale – An Ex-Officio Member.
The Executive Committee members met in an extraordinary meeting to take this decision in the best interest of the party.
Present at the meeting were 35 Exco members who voted in favour of the decision, 10 members declined to vote, while 4 seats were vacant due to deaths and cases of ill health.
Meanwhile, the last 3 members were the members who had cases to answer.
Also present at the meeting, were 18 out of 20 LGA chairmen who also voted in favour of the decision, 1 LGA chairman (Eti-Osa) abstained, while 1 LGA chairmanship seat (Lagos Mainland) remained vacant.
All the members present unanimously resolved to invoke the relevant disciplinary provisions as enshrined in the party constitution ie Chapter 10, Section (1), (2), (3) and (4) and Section 58, subsection (a), (b), (c), (f), (h), (i), and (j) as amended in 2017.
The Executive Committee members, categorically stated that this decision should act as a deterrent and should be the first step in moving the party in the right direction as it concerns Party Discipline.
The trio would consequently face the Disciplinary Committee, who would in turn advice the Exco on the disciplinary punishment as contained in the party’s constitution.
It was however agreed that the various assistants should immediately act in their respective capacities pending the recommendations of the disciplinary committee.
Furthermore, It was also agreed that the suspended officers, shall no longer act as members of the exco, represent the party in their former capacities, vote or be voted for in any election.
In a statement released after the meeting, the Engineer Adedeji Doherty led State Exco reminded all and sundry that discipline in the party is paramount, as members should be guided that the party is supreme, irrespective of status.
A member of the Exco was quoted as saying“ The action taken is in furtherance to the promise made a year ago, to instill discipline in the party as mandated by the National body”.
Furthermore, it was advised that all party members must accord all Elders and leaders of the party their due respect while stressing that politics should not be seen as a do or die affair, an avenue to settle scores and exhibit violence or thuggery.
It was advised that in the interest of the party, members should henceforth realise that, despite the laws on freedom of speech and expression, engagements on all social media platforms should be channeled towards strengthening the party structures rather than being used to weaken and cause disunity in the party.
The State Exco also cautioned erring members that henceforth, those who engage in derogatory acts and comments on social media against officers of the party should desist forthwith, as such acts would no longer be tolerated, as the full wrath of the provisions of the party constitution would be put into motion against such persons.
The Executive Committee members also advised that all members of the party who have instituted court cases against the party for one reason or the other, should withdraw such cases and utilise the internal machinery of the party which was created for dispute resolution.
They further advised that anyone who has any form of complaint or grievance should channel such through the Truth, Mediation and Reconciliation Committee headed by a Former State Chairman.
They consequently advised all progressive-minded members of the party to remain resolute in maintaining peace within the party as disunity had always been the clog in the wheel of progress of the party in the state and that in oneness, the party is bound for greatness.