The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed reports that Mr. Fatai Adams, the Chairman of the party’s Ondo State chapter, has been suspended.
Recall that on Tuesday, nine members of the Party’s State Working Committee signed a letter suspending Mr. Fatai Adams on the grounds that he was engaging in anti-party activities.
But in a swift reaction, the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) via a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, dismissed the suspension, describing the move as null and void and of no effect.
The PDP NWC emphasised that no State Working Committee has the power to suspend a State Chairman without due recourse to the National Working Committee as provided by the Constitution of the party.
The statement read, “The attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to the purported suspension of the Chairman of the Ondo State Chapter of our Party, Mr. Fatai Adams.
“The NWC declares the said suspension as null and void and of no effect, not being consistent with provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017) and laid down Rules.
“For emphasis, no State Working Committee has the power whatsoever to contemplate or suspend a State Chairman without due recourse to the National Working Committee as provided by the Constitution of PDP.
“The PDP is an organized political Party governed by strict adherence to the provisions of its Constitution and Rules and will not allow any individual or group at any level to violate its Constitution and Rules.
“The NWC cautions those involved in this illegal act in defiance of the PDP Constitution to retrace their steps as the NWC will not hesitate to take appropriate disciplinary or punitive actions to preserve the stability of our Party and the sanctity of our Constitution and Rules.
“The NWC states that Mr. Fatai Adams remains the Chairman of the Ondo State Chapter of the PDP and charges all leaders, critical stakeholders, members and supporters of our Party in Ondo State and the nation to disregard the purported suspension.
“The NWC enjoins all Party members in Ondo State to remain united and continue to work together in the overall interest of our Party and the people.”