The South-West Zonal Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic
Party (PDP) has nullified the suspension of five chieftains of the
party in Ondo State, saying their suspension by the State Working
Committee fell short of procedures as laid down in the party’s
Chief Oyedele Ibini, Hon. Lad Ojomo, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, Hon. Rasheed
Elegbeleye and Hon. Ebenezer Alabi were suspended by the State Working
Committee of the PDP in Ondo State on December 22, 2020.
A statement on Tuesday, by the Zonal Director of Media and Publicity,
Lere Olayinka, said the Zonal Caretaker Committee took the decision at
its meeting in Abeokuta on Monday.
The Caretaker Committee, in a letter to the Ondo State Chairman of the
party, Hon Fatai Adams, a copy of which was made available to
newsmen, called for restrain and urged the chairman to always ensure
that his actions were in consonance with all extant laws of the party.
The letter signed by the Zonal Secretary of the party, Hon. Daisi
Akintan, dated December 28, 2020, was copied to the PDP National
Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Chairman of the National
Reconciliation Committee, Senator Bukola Saraki and others.
It reads; “Sequel to the suspension of the following leaders of the
party in Ondo State; Chief Oyedele Ibini, Hon. Lad Ojomo, Mr. Ayo
Fadaka, Hon. Rasheed Elegbeleye and Hon. Ebenezer Alabi, and their
subsequent appeals to the Zonal Committee, in line with Section 61(1)
of the party’s Constitution (2017 as amended) in the grounds that
they were neither queried nor given a fair hearing before they were
suspended, the Committee is therefore compelled to act with immediate
“Consequent upon the above, the Committee diligently considered their
appeals severally, and relying on Section 57(6), which states that
‘any decision taken against a member who has not been informed of the
charges against him or has not been given any opportunity of defending
himself, shall be null and void.’
“It was confirmed that they were arbitrarily suspended by the State
Working Committee without any preliminary hearing as demanded by the
“Therefore this action falls short of procedures as laid down by the
“In exercising its powers as stated in Section 61(2), the Zonal
Caretaker Committee has therefore set aside their purported suspension
from the party forthwith.
“We also wish to advise that you exercise restraint and ensure always
that all your actions must be in consonance with all extant laws of
the party, especially now that the party is trying to recover from the
defeat suffered at the last gubernatorial election in the state.
“Please note that it is inauspicious for the party to embark on any
action that is capable of causing disaffection, disordancy,
dissilusionment and despondency among members. You are therefore
advised to unite all tendencies within the party, and make them work
together in preparation to winning future elections.
“It is also of utmost importance you note that the National Working
Committee (NWC) in recognition of reconciliation as the key language
of the moment, inaugurated a Reconciliation Committee led by HE Dr.
Bukola Saraki, to look into all grievances and assuage same among
members. You are thus expected to refer to the Committee all
complaints, issues, grievances and allegations, when they arrive your
State any moment from now.”