By Philips Sunday
Nigeria, (AN24) – The candidate of KOWA Party in the forthcoming September 28 governorship election in Edo State, Thompson Osadolor, has been expelled from the party, 24 hours after he withdrew from the race and endorsed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Recall Osadolor had on Saturday announced his withdrawal from the election, citing its postponement to September 28 by the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as financial crisis facing KOWA.
Giving reason for his decision, Mr. Osadolor who also endorsed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Saturday, “I am not satisfied with the postponement of the election. They (INEC) knew that we would win the election; that was why they postponed the election,” he had said.
“Having done that, they have destabilised us. That is one of the reasons we withdrew.” Mr. Osadolor.
Reacting to Mr. Osadolor’s endorsement speech, KOWA party in a statement by the National Youth Leader of the party, Jude Feranmi, on behalf of its National Executive Council, announced the dismissal of Mr. Osadolor from the party.
In the statement, the party described the statement as an appalling and embarrassing action taken with consultation with the party.
The statement read in part, “We are appalled by the decision taken by the candidate and his campaign team due to the financial challenges posed by the postponement of the elections for another two weeks. It is unfortunate, embarrassing and a direct opposite of what our party represents.
“His actions and that of his campaign team were without consultation and against the guidelines of our party both at the state level and at the national level.
“What we represent as a party is a clean break from the models of governance and patronage system of politics that is currently entrenched in the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress.”
It, however, urged its supporters to remain committed to the party’s objectives. The statement added.
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