The Lagos State Chapter of the PDP on Monday described as null and void, the purported removal of its State Chairman, Chief Tunji Shelle.

A group in the Party, under the aegis of Executive Committee of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, on Monday announced the removal of Shelle as the Party's State Chairman.

It also announced the appointment of Owolabi Olorunoje as Acting Chairman, saying their decision was reached after a disciplinary committee was set up to investigate some allegations levelled against Shelle.

However, in a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, the PDP called on party members to discountenance the said sack.

It also admonished those behind the "preposterous action" to retrace their steps and allow peace to reign in the party.

"The State Chairman leading the present state Executive has delivered the best unprecedented electoral result to the party members.

"It is therefore very irrational for anyone or persons in the party to try to create acrimony by claiming that the State Chairman has not performed to warrant continuing in office," it stated.

The statement also faulted the modus operandi employed by "the detractors", which it said contravened the provisions of the party's constitution on the sack of a state chairman.

"The State Chairman is a member of National Executive Committee (NEC) and can only be removed or suspended by the consent of the NEC.

"There is no NEC approval to the action. It thus stands, null and void. For the sake of clarity, Shelle remains the legitimate chairman of PDP in the state.

"All dealings with the party in the state should be through him," It added.