The Edo chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has excluded a former Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu from its activities until further notice.
Chris Nehikhare, the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, announced the exclusion in a statement on Tuesday.
The party is asking Ize-Iyamu to confirm or refute his rumoured defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nehikhare said the exclusion will stand until Ize-Iyamu “acknowledges, accepts and addresses the issue of his decamping to APC.”
“In the last few days, the Edo PDP has been inundated with calls and enquiries regarding the stories trending both in print and social media as it concerns one of our leaders, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,” the statement said.
“The party leadership has patiently waited to hear or read his reaction to confirm or deny the stories, but to no avail.
“We boast of being a party of men and women of integrity and high moral standing. It is a brand we have earned and wish to maintain.
“As a result of the “uneasy quiet” from our dear pastor and the impression our silence will send to our teeming supporters and followers, Edo PDP is left with no option but to announce the EXCLUSION of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu from all PDP-related activities with immediate effect, until he acknowledges, accepts and addresses the issue of his decamping to APC.
“This decision has been taken without prejudice!”