PDP expels Kassim Afegbua, he reacts

May 22, 2021
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sacked Kassim Afegbua as a member of the party for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities.

Afegbua was expelled by the Edo State chapter of the PDP as contained in a letter signed by the state chairman of the party, Tony Aziegbemi which was addressed to the party’s national chairman, Uche Secondus.

Naija News reports Afegbua was an aide to a former governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole as well as a former spokesperson for former military president, Ibrahim Babangida.

He also reported the PDP National Chairman, Secondus to the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) and asked the anti-graft commission to probe the party’s finances.

The letter on his expulsion dated May 17, 2021 and entitled “Re: Resolution of the expulsion of Kassim Afegbua as a member of PDP”, said Afegbua failed to appear before disciplinary committees set up by the chapter of the PDP at his ward, local government area, and the state levels.

The statement read, “Mr Kassim Afegbua as a member engaged in series of anti-party activities in his ward before and during Edo State Gubernatorial Election of September 19, 2020.

“All attempts by his ward, local government area and state disciplinary committees to secure his attendance at various meetings to clear himself of all allegations proved abortive.

“I hereby forward herewith to you the expulsion of Mr Kassim Afegbua as unanimously affirmed by the state disciplinary committee of our party in Edo State.”

However, in his reaction to the expulsion, Afegbua in his own statement titled, ‘On My Purported Expulsion’, the politician accused the PDP of lying against him, stating that the PDP moved against him because he reported the party to EFCC.

He went ahead to describe the party’s decision as “ridiculous, laughable and draconian.”

“First and foremost, it is a blatant lie that I was ever invited to any disciplinary committee. The state chairman is just acting the script of one Uche Secondus who is desperately making effort to carry out a misplaced political vendetta because of my petition to the EFCC to seek accountability and transparency.

“If this ridiculous, laughable and purported expulsion is meant to dissuade me from pursuing my call for transparency, accountability and probity in the management of the party’s resources, let it be known that I will pursue my call to a logical conclusion,” he submitted.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said Nigeria may become a one-party state, if the All Progressives Congress (APC) continues stifling the opposition.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this assertion in an interview on Channels Television on Friday night.

Ologbondiyan accused the ruling APC of harassing and intimidating members of the opposition party to join the ruling APC.

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