The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday expelled one of its cerebral members Prince Kassim Afegbua over alleged anti-party activities.
Afegbua who was a Commissioner for Information in Edo State during the administration of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State was alleged to have engaged in several anti-party activities during the 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo State.
The PDP announced his expulsion in a letter signed by the Chairman, Edo State Chapter, Tony Aziegbemi. The letter was also addressed to the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus.
It was titled, ‘Re: Resolution Of The Expulsion Of Kassim Afegbua As A Member Of PDP’.
The statement read, “Mr Kassim Afegbua as a member engaged in series of anti-party activities in his ward before and during Edo State Gubernatorial Election of September 19, 2020.
“All attempts by his ward, local government area and state disciplinary committees to secure his attendance at various meetings to clear himself of all allegations proved abortive.
“I hereby forward herewith to you the expulsion of Mr Kassim Afegbua as unanimously affired by the state disciplinary committee of our party in Edo State.”
Recall that Afegbua had dragged the party’s national chairman to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over allegations of N10 billion fraud.
According to Afegbua, the N10billion accrued from the sale of the party’s nomination forms for the 2019 General election.
Meanwhile, Afegbua in his reation described the expulsion as ridiculous and laughable.
Afegbua in a statement titled, ‘On My Purported Expulsion’, denied being invited by the PDP disciplinary committee, saying that Aziegbemi was allegedly acting on the orders of Secondus.
The statement reads, “First and foremost, it is a blatant lie that I was ever invited to any disciplinary committee. The state chairman is just acting the script of one Uche Secondus who is desperately making effort to carry out a misplaced political vendetta because of my petition to the EFCC to seek accountability and transparency.
“If this ridiculous, laughable and purported expulsion is meant to dissuade me from pursuing my call for transparency, accountability and probity in the management of the party’s resources, let it be known that I will pursue my call to a logical conclusion,” he vowed.