Alleged Forgery: PDP expels failed Alpha Bank MD, Jimi Lawal, Muyiwa, others

The crisis rocking the Ogun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took a new twist as the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party yesterday expelled a governorship aspirant of the party, Jimi Lawal, for gross misconduct, forgery, anti-party activities and disobedience to party’s Constitution.

Jimi Lawal’s expulsion followed recommendations by the NWC and NEC set-up disciplinary committee, headed by Barrister Tola Odulaja. Others expelled alongside Jimi Lawal are: Muyiwa Odebiyi, Moruf Olajide and Ademola Ojoye.

Jimi Lawal, a former aide to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i joined the Ogun PDP governorship race in April, 2022.

Addressing newsmen at the PDP Secretariat in Abeokuta, the State capital, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Barrister Tola Odulaja, said their expulsion was in accordance with the party’s Constitutional provision.

Odulaja explained that the committee set up in February, 2022 by the party’s National Working Committee recommended their expulsion following Jimi Lawal’s disobedience to the party by organising ‘illegal’ rerun governorship primary in the State.

Meanwhile, Jimi Lawal, while reacting to the news of expulsion, described it as “a joke taken too far”. Lawal, in a statement signed by Austin Oniyokor, Project Director, Jimi Adebisi Lawal Campaign Organisation (JALCO), said the expulsion “the purported suspension and illegal expulsion are comical acts taken too far”.

“We implore all our long-standing delegates, leaders, elders and stakeholders of the party to remain calm. All these shenanigans are no more than a storm in a teacup. It will soon fizzle out”, the statement read in part.

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