The leadership crisis in the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) took a new twist on Saturday, as the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party suspended the acting national Chairman, Dr Olu Agunloye and national Secretary, Shehu Gabam.
The two party leaders were suspended for alleged various abuses of the constitution.
The party’s communique said: “The NEC considered the various abuses of the constitution by the following underlisted officers and therefore agreed by majority to suspend; Alhaji Shehu Gabam and Dr. Olu Agunloye.”
The NEC also accused them of cornering the fees for expression of interest and nomination forms paid by the party’s governorship aspirant in the recent Anambra State election, Obinna Uzor.
It was presided over by the party’s deputy national Chairman (North), Dr Abdul Ahmed Isiaq, who was hitherto suspended by the party.
Isiaq who was readmitted into the party on Saturday by the NEC, said the emergency meeting was called based on the provisions of Article 14(2)1 which states that the NEC may summon an emergency any time it seems fit provided a seven-day notice is given to all those statutory to attend.
Attempts to disrupt the gathering by some youth allegedly loyal to the Agunloye camp were repelled by security operatives present at the venue of the meeting which held in a hotel at Area 3, Garki Abuja.
The NEC which held in Abuja fixed the national convention of the party for April 27 to 29, this year.
To this end, the NEC also set up the convention planning, zoning and reconciliation committees comprising two members from each region for each of the committees.