The senator representing Ogun-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has rejected his suspension from the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said his suspension in the early hours of Saturday by members of the National Caretaker Committee of the party was illegal.

Buruji said he was neither accused of committing any crime nor asked to defend himself before any committee.

He, therefore, wondered why he would be suspended by the party without following the rules.

The National Caretaker Committee of the party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi had announced Buruji’s suspension, which it said would last for one month.

No reason was given for the sudden decision of the party.

But our correspondent gathered that the party took the decision following the ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which had on Wednesday, struck out a suit filed by Kashamu, to stop the party from taking any disciplinary action against him.

Delivering judgment, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, declined jurisdiction to hear the case on merit and struck it out after upholding PDP’s preliminary objection challenging the competence and validity of the suit.

The judge described the suit as hasty, premature and inappropriate for the purpose it sought to achieve.

Buruju, in a statement on Saturday, said, “The Makarfi-led national caretaker committee, out of self-inflicted desperation, again erred by illegally suspending me few hours to the elective national convention that would terminate their ignominious tenure. This bears eloquent testimony to their characteristic leadership ineptitude. This is a nullity in law as it offends the principle of ‘lis pendens’.

“This purported suspension, even in real terms, can only prevent me from contesting in party elections and not bar me from voting, going by the provisions of chapter 10, section 57(3) of the PDP constitution as amended.”

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