The crisis rocking the Kogi chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, took another turn on Thursday, as a former deputy governor of the State, Arc Abayomi Awoniyi, dumped the party after 25 years of membership.
Awoniyi, who served as Deputy to former Governor Idris Wada, conveyed his resignation in a letter addressed to the Chairman of the PDP in Mopamuro Local Government Area of Kogi State, dated 31st August, 2023.
Awoniyi has not officially indicated his next line of action, and did not give specific reasons for his exit from the PDP.
But his resignation might not be unconnected with his dissatisfaction with the last governorship primary of the PDP in Kogi, an exercise he termed a “farce”
There are indications that he will be joining the All Progressives Congress, APC.
His letter, titled, “Letter of Resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party”, was released to the media on Thursday.
“I hereby write to tender my letter of resignation from the Peoples 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,” he stated.
Recall that Arc. Yomi Awoniyi was one of the aspirants who expressed displeasure over the conduct of the PDP governorship primary.
He claimed that there was widespread manipulation of the process against his and other aspirants in favour of Dino Melaye who emerged as the governorship candidate of the party for the Kogi November governorship election.