Kogi PDP crisis deepens as ex- Deputy Governor, Awoniyi, dumps party


The crisis rocking the Kogi State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party took another dimension on Thursday, as a former Deputy Governor of the state, Abayomi Awoniyi, officially dumped the party “after 25 unbroken years of loyal and dedicated membership and service.”

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Awoniyi, who served as deputy to former Governor Idris Wada, conveyed his resignation in a letter addressed to the chairman of PDP in Mopamuro Local Government Area of Kogi State, dated August 31, 2023.

Though he has not officially indicated his next line of action and did not give specific reasons for his exit from the party, his resignation might not be unconnected with his dissatisfaction with the last governorship primaries of the party, an exercise he termed a “farce.”

There are also strong indications that he will be joining the All Progressives Congress very soon.

The letter, titled “Letter of Resignation from the People’s Democratic Party,” released to the media on Thursday, reads: “I hereby write to tender my letter of resignation from the People’s Democratic Party after 25 unbroken years of loyal and dedicated membership and service.

“With this resignation, I cease to be a member of the PDP. Kindly convey my sincere gratitude to the party faithful in Mopamuro LGA, Kogi West Senatorial District, and indeed the entire state, through your fellow LGA Party chairmen, for their support and camaraderie over the years.

“I look forward to our continued friendship despite no longer being members of the same political party.”

Awoniyi was one of the aspirants who expressed displeasure over the conduct of the PDP governorship primary election which was trailed by widespread allegations of manipulation.