Buruji Kashamu, the Senator representing Ogun east has rejected his expulsion from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The party’s National Executive Council (NEC) on Monday, after its meeting in Abuja, announced that Kashamu and three other members from its Ogun State chapter had been expelled.
Reacting to the development via a statement, Kashamu said he remained a member of the PDP “whether anybody likes or not.”
The lawmaker insisted the party did not follow due process in expelling him.
“It is clear from the ill-advised decision that the Prince Uche Secondus-led national working committee is lawless and undemocratic.
“No due process was followed as enshrined in the constitution of the party. Since the initial 30-day suspension lapsed on the 9th of January, 2018, they do not have any right to take any disciplinary action against me.
“This decision cannot stand because article 57 (6) of the PDP constitution says “any decision taken against a member who has not been informed of the charges against him or has not been given any opportunity of defending himself shall be null and void.
“Despite all these, if such an irrational decision was allegedly taken, the expulsion cannot stand,” he said.
“It does not have anything to do with me or any of my associates. It is instructive that the federal high court as per the Honourable Justice I.N. Buba on the 24th June, 2016, granted an order which the PDP from impeding the functions of the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun state PDP exco “until the four years tenure to which they have been elected is spent (i.e. the state exco is to remain in office until 2020).
“Therefore, the purported expulsion cannot stand in the face of the rule of law. It is null and void. I and my associates are fully in the PDP whether anybody likes it or not.
“We will continue to operate with the law as PDP members, senator and exco,” Kashamu said.