A new twist has been added to the crisis engulfing the Edo chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the opposition political grouping’s leadership on Tuesday said Prince Kassim Afegbua, a former Presidential Campaign spokesman has long been expelled and was no longer a bonafide member of the PDP in the state.
In a statement, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Ogie Aigbe Vasco, said Afegbua was expelled for anti-party activities.
He said, “The Edo State Chapter of the PDP wishes to notify its members, supporters and critical stakeholders that Prince Presidential Campaign spokesman of our dear party, has long ceased to be a bonafide member of the PDP in Edo State.
“Our attention has been drawn to the numerous media showmanship being put up by a former member of the PDP family in Edo State, Prince Kassim Afegbua in the past few days. Though it is his right as a Nigerian to air his opinions on issues affecting the PDP, but he should not do so with the carriage and comportment of a registered and bonafide member of the PDP.
“For the records, we bring to the attention of all that for anti-party activities, the Edo State Chapter of the PDP suspended him from party activities for one month on the 3rd of August, 2020.
This suspension followed a recommendation from the executive of his Ward 5 in Etsako East Local Government Area. “He persisted in his anti-party activities into the gubernatorial election in 2020. Subsequently, a sixman Disciplinary Committee was set up to investigate the allegations against him, The Trumpet gathered.
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“The committee’s recommendations in the report submitted in May 2021 are reproduced below: “That Kassim Afegbua has displayed gross disobedience to party rules and regulations as contained in PDP Constitution in Chapter 10 Section 58(1) b, c, f, I, m.
“That until Kassim Afegbua appears before the various Disciplinary Committees, he is hereby expelled from PDP in accordance with Chapter 10, Section 59 (1) (g). “Following from the above, we reiterate Prince Kassim Afegbua’s expulsion from the party. He is not a member of the PDP Edo State family and should stop deceiving himself to be one.”