PDP suspends ex-Lagos Chairman, Aeroland, over election violence

PDP suspends ex-Lagos Chairman, Aeroland, over election violence
Otunba Segun Adewale posing with a supporter during their last party campaign

The Lagos chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday announced the suspension of the former state chairman of the party, Otunba Segun Adewale, popularly known as Aeroland for allegedly bringing thugs to disrupt election proceedings at the party secretariat.

The party disclosed that the decision was taken based on the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee and executives of Ward M1 in Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.

Tribune reported that the suspension of the party chieftain was contained in a letter signed by Alimoso PDP chairman, Alhaji Solagbade Abbas.

Abbas reiterated that Adewale was suspended from all activities of the party for a period of one month with effect from June 21, 2021, pending the resolution of all issues concerning him before the Disciplinary Committee and Executive Committee of PDP.

The Disciplinary Committee of the party in Ward M1, in Alimoso LGA, had in a letter announcing Adewale's suspension, noted that the party chieftain, who had series of petitions before it to answer to, had declined several invitations extended to him as well as appeals made by the party elders.

In the letter, signed by Chief (Mrs) Dupe Brume and Hon Saheed Ogunbiyi, chairman and secretary of the Ward M1 Disciplinary Committee respectively, Adewale was accused of violent attempts to disrupt the last council Chairmanship/Councillorship primary election.

The committee alleged that he brought thugs and miscreants who unleashed mayhem at the secretariat and left some party members in critical conditions.

According to the letter, a petition was written to the Ikeja Divisional Police officer dated 12th March 2019 and signed by the then party chairman, Dr Adegbola Dominic, alleging that the suspended former chairman led some thugs to invade the party Secretariat in the state, among others.

The Disciplinary Committee, while affirming that the suspension was in line with the provisions of Sections 57 (1) (2) and (3) of the constitution of PDP, however, said it considered giving the former party chairman another opportunity to appear before it on Monday, 28th June 2021 at 10 am at the Ward M1 Secretariat, and defend himself of all the allegations raised against him.

"In view of your continuing recalcitrance, the Disciplinary Committee of the party in Ward M1 feels compelled to write you for a mandatory appearance on Monday, 28th June 2021 at 10 am at the Ward M1 Secretariat," the letter said.

"Please note that your appearance before the Disciplinary Committee on 28th June is absolutely essential and mandatory," it added.

Reacting to the news, the embattled ex-party chairman dismissed his suspension, stressing that as a South-West leader, the Alimosho PDP lacked the power to suspend him.

Adewale accused the incumbent PDP state chairman, Deji Doherty of being the mastermind of the suspension, even as described those who suspended him as moles in the party.

This was just as he denied being invited by the Disciplinary Committee or approached by anybody on the issue.

A disgruntled Adewale noted that their tenure would soon expire, vowing that he would ensure they were not returned to office for another term.

He also added that their action had shown that they were moles he and other genuine party leaders and members were prepared to chase out of Lagos PDP.

"Just ignore those people. I am a South-West leader of the party so how can they suspend me? These people are APC moles who are making money from both PDP and APC. I was the one that fought for them to occupy their present position.

" Their tenure will expire in two months time and they know I will ensure they are not returned back to the office. So, the only option available to them is to claim that they have suspended me but they are making a big mistake," Adewale said.

"I am a South West leader. If you want to suspend me, the paper will go to the South-West chapter. But the South-West chairman, Taofeek Arapaja knows what is going on in Lagos. So, the suspension cannot work," he insisted.