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PDP expels Philip Shaibu, others over ‘anti-party activities’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo has expelled a former deputy governor of the state Philip Shaibu.

The PDP state working committee (SWC) in Edo also expelled Dan Orbih, the party’s national vice-chairman (south-south), and Omorgie Ihama, a former member of the House of Representatives who represented the Oredo federal constituency.

A statement issued on Wednesday, by the PDP spokesperson in Edo state, Ogie Vasco, said Shaibu, Orbih, and Ihama were expelled over alleged anti-party activities.

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The statement said the state working committee (SWC) took the decision after it “extensively deliberated on the issue”, adding that the expulsion is with immediate effect.

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It could be recalled that Shaibu was impeached as the deputy governor by the Edo State House of Assembly in April.

The impeachment followed the adoption of the report of a seven-member investigative panel.

The panel was set up by Daniel Okungbowa, chief judge of Edo, and was headed by S. A. Omonuwa, a retired justice.

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Shaibu was accused of “misconduct, perjury and disclosure of government secrets”.

Meanwhile, Orbih has rejected his suspension, saying it did not follow due process.

“When a group of persons sits down to make pronouncements that are unconstitutional it only shows that they are ignorant of the constitution of the party,” Orbih told journalists.


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