Okwe Obi, Abuja
There is no end in sight for the fracas tearing the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to shreds, as a faction backed by its Vice Chairman (South), Professor Tunde Adeniran, has expelled Professor Jerry Gana for alleged gross misconduct and dragging the party to court.
The party also accused the former Minister of Information of organising a stakeholders’ meeting which suspended the vice presidential candidate, Shehu Gabam, and other chieftains of the party.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Yemi Akinbode, while addressing journalists in Abuja, also said the party slammed an indefinite suspension on its presidential candidate, Donald Duke, ahead of Saturday’s presidential poll.
Akinbode said Duke’s suspension became imminent because the former governor of Cross River State failed to commence campaign since emerging the standard bearer.
He further said that the decision was in accordance with the party’s constitution to discipline erring members, claiming that the decision would not have any negative effect on the party because it would give it an opportunity to reposition itself in future.
He accused the former Deputy National Chairman (South West), Supo Shonibare, who emerged two days ago as a factional chairman recognised by Gana, of indulging in anti-party activities.
This is even as he claimed that Shonibare had been a cog in the party’s wheel of progress.
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