PDP To Take Fresh Action Against Nnamani, Fayose, Ekiti Suspended NASS candidates
The fate of the Ekiti State National Assembly candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, who were suspended last week for alleged anti-party activities, is set to be decided by various disciplinary panels.
Newsflash Nigeria had earlier reported that the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) suspected Fayose Oluwajomiloju John, the son of the former governor of Ekiti State Ayo Fayose and a former Enugu State governor, Chimaroke Nnamani.
The NWC also suspended seven out of nine National Assembly candidates in Ekiti.
The suspended members in Ekiti State are Lere Olayinka, the aide of the former governor Fayose who is also a party candidate representing Ekiti Central Federal Constituency II, Ayeni Funso -Ekiti North Senatorial candidate, Ajijola Lateef Oladimeji -Ekiti Central Senatorial candidate, Emiola Adenike Jennifer -Ekiti South Federal Constituency II, Ajayi Babatunde Samuel -Ekiti North Federal Constituency II, Akerele Oluyinka -Ekiti North Federal Constituency I).
Nnamani and Fayose are the candidates for Enugu East senatorial zone and Ekiti Central Federal Constituency I.
With rising concerns over the fate of the suspended party chieftains, a source told Daily Sun that the affected members remain candidates of the party, pending the determination of the allegations against them by the respective disciplinary committee.
The source disclosed that the panels might recommend a reprimand, fine, expulsion, or even dismiss the case against them, in line with Article 59 of the PDP constitution.
Article 59 of the PDP constitution provides that any member who contravenes the party’s constitution “shall be liable to any or combination of the following penalties: reprimand, censure, fine, suspension with a fine, debarment from holding any party office, removal from office, expulsion from the party.”
Speaking to Daily Sun, PDP spokesperson Debo Ologunagba disclosed that the individuals were suspended due to allegations against them.
According to him, the main opposition party is treating the allegations in line with its constitution.
Ologunagba said the suspended members would be given the opportunity, in line with the constitution, to appear before the appropriate level of the party to respond to the allegations.
He said: “There are allegations of conduct, utterances, and behaviour that constitute a breach of the provision of the constitution.
“And because of those allegations, the party, as responsible and as a party that follows its constitution, has taken action when allegations are made, of course, we are under obligation and the constitution of the party to take actions in line with the constitution of the party to investigate. That is what we are doing.
“We are a law-abiding party. We are following our constitution. Candidature is a different matter. But for us, what we have done is to go through our process as a constitution party.”