. As PDP Expels “Rebels”
Less than 24 hours after the merger of the New PDP and the All Progressives Congress, the suspended and reinstated National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola on Wednesday stated that he is still a member of the PDP. Prince Oyinlola’s decision to stay in the PDP was contained in a statement signed by his Principal Secretary, Femi Adelegan. The statement reads in part: “it was imperative that he makes sure his political position is clear, although he was present at the meeting where some other members of the nPDP officially joined the APC. Oyinlola remains the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party and will continue to lay claim his legal and valid status.”
The former Governor of Osun State has disclosed that his “suspension does not invalidate his substantive role as the party’s scribe.” It was also contained in the statement that Oyinlola, who was elected at the PDP national convention of March 24, 2012 will at all times strive to uphold truth, absolute honesty and unimpeachable respect for the Rule of Law and constitutionalism.
Governors Babangida Aliyu and Sule Lamido of Niger and Jigawa States had earlier stated that they were not part of the defection to APC.
Meanwhile, the National Disciplinary Committee set up by the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur led PDP, on Wednesday recommended the expulsion of Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, Dr Sam Jaja and Prince Oyinlola. The trio had been suspended on November 11 for anti-party activities.