Three days after the governorship election in Ondo State, the Peoples Democratic Party in the state on Tuesday announced the suspension of 22 members of the party, who staged a coup to rob the party of the governorship seat and ensured Governor Olusegun Mimiko did not pick his successor.
This was contained in a letter signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Banji Okunomo, a copy of which was made available to newsmen.
A source said the affected members were sacked following their roles before and during last Saturday’s governorship election, which was won by the All Progressives Congress.
Some of them allegedly belonged to the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party.
The sanctioned PDP chieftains included factional Chairman Mr. Biyi Poroye, Denis Alonge, Ebenezer Alabi, Olabisi Johnson, Olu Ogunye, Omololu Meroyi, Yemi Ajonibode and Musa Megida.
Others are Isaac Alase, Sola Ebiseni, Ademola Genty, Yemisi Akinyemiju, Dare Emiola, Yemisi Akinmade, Ade Adebawore, Bakita Bello and Adegboruwa Taiwo .
The party also suspended Mr. Omowole Oluwagbehinmi, Gbamila Ogunji, Abiye Ademoyegun, Johnson Alabi and Dara Akinbobola.
But curiously, the name of businessman Jimoh Ibrahim which filed the suit that put a clog in the wheel for Mimiko’s candidate, Eyitayo Jegede was not on the list.
In the letter, the party said it carried out the punishment on the affected members “In line with Section 57 of the constitution of our party and the inherent powers conferred on the State Working Committee of the party.”
The party directed the affected members to appear before the disciplinary committee on Monday December 5, 2016 at the party secretariat in Akure, the state capital.
Okunomo, however, said there was no more division in the party, as the Court of Appeal has ruled that the Ahmed Makarfi faction is the authentic state executive.
Many of the affected members declined to react to the development, while some who craved anonymity said they would respond through the organs of the party at the appropriate time.