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Lagos PDP Chairman, Deputy, suspended

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The Lagos State Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been suspended by the party for alleged gross violations of the party’s constitution.

According to a statement from the Ward Executives of the party in Ward E of Badagry Local Government Area and Ward J1 of Epe Local Government Area, the suspension of Mr. Philip Aivoji and Mr. Tai Benedict was due to anti-party activities during the March 18 governorship elections.

Mr. Aivoji was accused of reaching an agreement with the Labour Party (LP) on the eve of the elections and directing PDP members in the state to vote for the LP via a message from his Special Adviser on media.

He was also accused of misappropriating funds received from the national body of the party as remittance from payments for the purchase of forms by aspirants from the state, a violation of section 58 (1) D of the party constitution.

Additionally, Mr. Aivoji allegedly did not pay his annual dues as enshrined by the party’s constitution in section 8 (9).

On the other hand, Mr. Benedict was accused of being financially induced by the LP to direct PDP members in the state through phone calls and messages to vote against the candidates of PDP in the March 18 elections.

He was also accused of falsely claiming that the national leadership of the party directed him to carry out anti-party activities.

Benedict, along with Aivoji, allegedly indicted the suspended National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, by claiming they received directives from him, a breach of 58(1)F of the Constitution of PDP 2017 (As amended).

The suspension of both party officials was implemented by the Ward Executives of the party, with the support of other party leaders.

The decision to suspend the state Deputy Chairman was reached after a review of his conduct at the end of the recently concluded governorship election.

The party’s constitution empowers ward executives to suspend or expel members of the party found to be engaging in anti-party activities.

The PDP has been facing challenges in Lagos state, as it has not won a governorship election in the state since the return of democracy in 1999.

The party had hoped to make significant inroads in the state during the March 18 governorship election, but it was not successful.

The suspension of the state Chairman and Deputy Chairman is seen as a significant move by the party to address the issues that led to its poor performance in the election.

The PDP has promised to conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations against the two officials and take appropriate actions based on the findings of the investigation.

This article was updated 1 month ago

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