PDP expels ex-ambassador, four others in Ondo

The Peoples Democratic Party
The Peoples Democratic Party

The party said the four men were involved in anti-party activities.

Five days to the Ondo State gubernatorial election, a fresh crisis has erupted in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state as five top party members, including a former ambassador, were expelled.

In a statement, the PDP said it has expelled a former Nigerian ambassador to Greece, Olu Agbi, and four others. Others members expelled are Segun Adegoke, Akin Olowookere, Demola Adegoroye and Kunle Agunbiade.

The statement accused the expelled members of indulging in anti-party activities, including working for the re-election of the incumbent governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko, a member of the Labour Party.

“The people have been procured by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to continually help him to cause balkanization of the party and merciful enough, they command no followership and influence to damage our Party,” the statement signed by the party Director of Publicity, Ayo Fadaka, said.

“Therefore we declare without equivocation that they are already members of the Labour Party and only masquerade as our people only to cause confusion,” Mr. Fadaka added.

Meanwhile, the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in the state has alleged an illegal raise in the number of voters registered for the elections. Chairman of the party, Olalekan Obolo, said in a petition to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, that the party rejects the supplementary register. Mr. Obolo claimed the recent voter register presented to various political parties by INEC indicated that 17,955 has been added to 1,636,250 which was in the original register.

“This indicates an increase of 17,955 and reflects a deliberate attempt to change the rules of the game in the middle of the match and thus, manipulate the electoral process,” Mr. Obolo said.