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The All Progressives Congress in Igbotako Ward II, in Okitipupa LGA of Ondo State has suspended its Secretary, Omotoye Olusola and others for issuing a letter for the suspension of a governorship aspirant, Jimoh Ibrahim.

The said Ward is Mr Ibrahim’s Registration Area.

The purported suspension of Mr Ibrahim, the senator representing Ondo South, was widely circulated on Tuesday across the state until it was countered by the Chairman of the Ward, Adetokunbo Omotola.

The letter accused the senator of anti-party activities bordering on his litigation against the outcome of the April 20 governorship primary election which produced Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa as the party’s candidate for the November 16 governorship election.

Those who signed the suspension letter along with Mr Olusola, include Abdulkadiri Saliu, Organizing Secretary; Jumike Famahen, Ass. Women Leader; Omosemi Monday, Ass. PRO; Bakare Yusuf, Ex Officio; Tope Olowoselu, Ass. Welfare; Oloyinmi Idowu, Disabled; Borewae Inuyomi, Ass. Leg. Adviser; Oladipupo Bose, Ass. Auditor; Adetaranmi Bamitale, Ex Officio; Akinbobola Seyi, Youth Leader; Lawal Babatunde, Ass. Youth Leader; Arikawe Ademola, Ass. Secretary; Akinkuotu Olawoni, Ass. Org. Sec; Faboye Anjorin, Ass. Treasurer and Daso Abiodun, Ass. Fin. Sec.

However, the state party secretariat has denied that it had seen any letter suspending the senator who had joined in APC in the suit as a defendant.

At the Ward congress of the party at Igbotako Ward 2, a vote was passed suspending the members who issued the letter against Mr Ibrahim.

Mr Omotola who chaired the Congress said the suspended members were suspended following their involvement in the suspension of Mr Ibrahim.

He said Mr Ibrahim reminded their leader and that the Igbotako Ward 2 was solidly behind him in his quest for justice over the April 20 governorship primary election organized by Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi State.

Mr Omotola insisted that there was no time the party sat to discuss the suspension of the senator, but had in May 9, met to pass a vote of confidence on him.

Asked how the development could affect the fortunes of the party, former state Publicity Secretary of the party, Abayomi Adesanya, noted that the pursuit of justice was necessary to keep the party on the right track.

He said the reason why the PDP in Ondo State could not hold power in the state was because of high-handedness of party leaders which brought the party to its knees during the 2016 election.

Mr Abayomi warned that for the party to be in a good stead to win the coming governorship election it must retrace it’s steps in fighting the wrongs of the primary election largely marred by irregularities.

Meanwhile, efforts are still ongoing to pacify some of the aspirants to drop their ambition and queue behind Mr Aiyedatiwa ahead of the election.

Some of the aspirants have already jettisoned their ambitioned and filed behind the governor, calling on others to do the same.

The aspirants include Morayo Lebi, Dayo Faduyile, Soji Ehinlanwo, Diran Iyantan, Mayowa Akinfolarin, Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo and Jimi Odimayo.

They have appealed to members of the party to embrace peace instead of allowing the outcome of the shadow primary to cause division within the party.

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