The crisis rocking the Ekiti chapter of the People Democratic Party (PDP) has deepened as the party in Oye Local Government Area on Sunday suspended a former lawmaker, Samuel Omotoso, from the party.
Omotoso, who represented Oye Constituency 1 at the Ekiti State House of Assembly in the 5th Assembly, was suspended indefinitely from the party for alleged involvement in anti-party activities.
Omotoso, a close ally of Governor Ayodele Fayose, is a medical doctor and one of the lawmakers suspended indefinitely from the 5th assembly for sundry offences, after Governor Kayode Fayemi took over last year.
According to a statement made available to reporters in Ado-Ekiti by the party, Omotosho was suspended for allegedly engineering parallel executive in Oye Local Government Area.
The letter conveying the suspension of the former lawmaker was unanimously signed by PDP executives in Oye Local Government and chairmen of the 11 wards in the council.
According to the statement, “the party has consequently constituted a three-man committee in strict adherence to the party’s constitution to investigate the allegation”.
“The committee is to conduct unbiased investigation and make necessary recommendations within two weeks on the allegation.”
The party leaders, however, passed vote of confidence on the PDP chairman in Oye Local Government, Mr. Sunday Ojo, saying the era of imposition was over.
In a reaction, Omotoso, former chairman, Ekiti Assembly Committee on Information, described the suspension as a ruse.
He added that those who orchestrated the purported suspension are bunch of jesters, whose lineages are cloudy in the party.
Omotosho noted that the leader of the group, who claimed to be chairman of the party at the local government level, was already on suspension by the party’s state working committee and has no statutory powers to suspend him.
“I want you to ignore the group as they were only seeking for relevance. The sponsor has been suspended by the most powerful political organisation in Ekiti, the SWC. So, I don’t know where he got that power from,” the former lawmaker said.