Ahead of the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, the crisis rocking the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems far from over as six chieftains have been expelled from the party.
A statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Bola Ajao yesterday, listed the affected party members as the Deputy Chairman of the party, Bashiru Salaam, former Secretary, Mr. Yinka Adeojo, Secretary, Maj. Raphel Towobola (rtd.), Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye, Alhaji Rasaq Oyetunji and Rasaq Oyelami.
The PDP said the decision to expel the chieftains over alleged anti-party activities was taken at the State Working Committee meeting of the party.
However, one of the affected chieftains, Towobola, described his expulsion as “the joke of the year which cannot stand”.
He said the purported expulsion was carried out because on March 10, he challenged his suspension from the party at the national secretariat in Abuja, adding that his protest letter was yet to be investigated.
The state PDP scribe added that the expulsion was a grand design by the state Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, to take over his office. He declared that all those allegedly expelled along with him have written to the party of their intention to dump the party.
Towobola, who claimed that he is educated and sophisticated enough to allow his name to be soiled, said he would challenge his expulsion even as he maintaining that he was the secretary and a bonafide member of the party.
In his own reaction to the development, Igbalaye, who was chairman of Osogbo Local Government and ALGON chairman during the administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said he was expelled because of his allegiance to the former governor.