The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the purported sack of its chairman, Mr. Tunji Shelle as “laughable, null and void”.
Mr. Shelle was on Monday “removed” by 34 members of the State Working Committee after they found him guilty of unspecified allegations among them mismanagement of election campaign funds and manipulating the party’s primaries last year, which they said ultimately led to the defeat of the PDP at the polls.
Reacting to the development, the state Publicity Secretary of PDP, Taofik Gani, called on party members to discountenance the said sack whilst also admonishing the masterminds of the preposterous action to retrace their steps and allow peace to reign in the party.
The statement reads “the PDP reiterates that the State Chairman leading the present state exco has delivered the best unprecedented electoral result to the party members. It is therefore very irrational for any persons to provoke acrimony in the party by claiming that the State Chairman has not performed to warrant continuing in office. The party also faulted the modus operandi employed by the detractors which offends the provisions of the party’s constitution on the sack of a State chairman”.
The statement further read: “the State Chairman is a member of NEC and can only be removed or suspended by the consent of the NEC. There is no NEC approval to the action. It thus stands, Null and Void.
“For sake of clarity, Capt. Tunji Shelle remains the legitimate chairman of PDP in the state. All dealings with the party in the State should be through him”.