In a late-night statement on Monday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) announced the suspension of its deputy national chairman representing the North, Gamawa Babayo, over allegations of dereliction of duty and anti-party activity.
Backstory: The Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Babayo was suspended by the National Working Committee (NWC) after an extraordinary meeting on January 5, where it reviewed the petition against the deputy national chairman.
“The NWC found merit in the petition on allegations of dereliction of duty and anti-party activity as contained in Section 58 (1) e, f, g, h of the PDP Constitution,” Ologbondiyan said. “Therefore, in an exercise of section 29 (2) a, b and c, the NWC hereby invokes Section 59 (1) d of the constitution of the PDP on the Deputy National Chairman (North) and accordingly suspends him from the party immediately.”
The PDP however did not give full details of Babayo’s offences.
Bottom Line: This doesn’t look good for the PDP at all. The fact that with just four weeks to the elections, one of its highest ranked officials from the North has been suspended for anti-party activities may signify that it continues to face an uphill battle in that region.