The newly elected Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Sunday Bisi, has revealed why a party chieftain, Dotun Babayemi and some members were suspended.
According to Daily Post, Bisi disclosed this while speaking on a current affairs programme on radio in Osogbo on Thursday.
He said their suspension could be traced to the role that played out prior to the 2022 governorship primary, insisting that Osun PDP did not have any faction.
Babayemi, who contested the PDP primaries with the incumbent Governor of the State, Ademola Adeleke, did so with a faction of the party.
He and other party members were therefore, suspended after the victory of Adeleke in June 2022.
Babayemi had dragged the party and Adeleke to court and was expelled for alleged anti-party activities.
Bisi said, “After Governor Adeleke was elected as a flag bearer of the party, they went to court, against the constitution of the party.
“If you are having any issue with the party, the constitution stipulates that you must employ the internal organs of the party to settle any rift.
“He went to the high court, appeal court, and he even went as far as Supreme Court.
“When he knew that at that time Ademola Adeleke had been elected as the governor of a state.
“He still went ahead to the Supreme Court and at that point if Ademola Adeleke was eventually disqualified, he would not be the beneficiary of that judgment.
“After the Supreme Court judgement then the party in its wisdom thought it wise that we cannot just continue like that. That was when he and few others who were in that saddle were suspended from the party.
“So, it has nothing to do with the congress at all. It is not a matter of faction. It is just Babayemi and his group who were working seriously for APC then.
“When they were suspended, they now went to court about their membership of the party and eventually the case dragged on for sometime. They were initially given three months suspension.
“We don’t have faction in PDP we are one in PDP under the leadership of our able governor who is the leader of the party, Senator Nurudeen Jackson Ademola Adeleke.”