A faction of the Lagos Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has resolved to suspend Bode George from the party over allegations of corrupt enrichment, anti-party activities, as well as his criminal record.
Taofeek Gani, state Publicity Secretary of the party, has, however, distanced the party from the resolutions, branding them as “fifth columnists.”
The motion to suspend Mr. George was moved by Owolabi Mayegun of Lagos Island Ward E2, Mr. George’s own ward, and seconded by Kolawole Moses of the same ward, according to a copy of the resolution at the “general meeting”. The suspension takes place with immediate effect, the resolution added.
In its reaction, the Lagos PDP said that “those fifth columnists would be flushed out from the party.” “None of us knew about any such stakeholders meeting. There was never such a meeting. It must be a Kangaroo meeting by those working for the ACN (Action Congress of Nigeria),” said Mr. Gani in a phone interview.
Mr. Gani also stated that there were no such people as Mrs. Ishola-Jagun and Mr. Solarin in the party’s exco.
“Those people are not part of us,” he insisted.
The PDP Constitution is clear on how to appoint and disengage party officials, according to the Publicity Secretary. “Bode George is a member of the BOT (Board of Trustees) by virtue of being the Deputy National Chairman of the party.
His suspension can only come from members of the BOT,” Mr. Gani said.
“The State Chairman is a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) and if there is a decision to remove him, it will still get the confirmation of the NWC. “If you discipline an officer, you need a superior office to confirm the decision,” Mr. Gani added.