PDP Suspends Oyinlola, Baraje, Two Others

Nov. 11, 2013

Five days after he was reinstated as party secretary by the Court of Appeal, ex-Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has suspended him from the party.

Mr. Oyinlola was suspended alongside three others — the National Chairman of the splinter PDP, Kawu Baraje, his deputy, Sam Sam Jaja and a former senator from Jigawa state,  Ibrahim Kazaure.

The suspension is believed to be a move to stop Mr. Oyinlola from resuming as national secretary as ordered by the Court of Appeal.

The PDP had earlier today beefed up security around its Wadata Plaza national secretariat following reports that Mr. Oyinlola was set to resume duties.

Our suspension greatest joke of the century — Oyinlola, Baraje, others

Festus Owete

Kawu Baraje, chair, factional PDP

The crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, took a new twist Monday as the national leadership slammed an indefinite suspension on its former National Secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and three other leaders of the New Peoples Democratic Party, nDPD, and ordered their investigation, for alleged anti-party activities.

The others whose suspension was announced by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh at a press conference in Abuja, were a former acting National Chairman of the party, Kawu Baraje, a former Deputy National Chairman, Sam Sam Jaja and a former senator and ambassador from Jigawa State, Ibrahim Kazaure.

Mr. Baraje is the National Chairman of the nPDP, while Mr. Jaja is his deputy and Mr. Oyinlola, the National Secretary.

But Mr. Baraje and his colleagues have, through their faction, described their suspension as the greatest joke of the century, adding that it was not only an abuse of the party constitution, but also the court process, which reinstated Mr. Oyinlola as National Secretary.