- The Ekiti state chapter of APC has summoned Tinubu's in-law, Oyetunde Ojo and 11 other members of the party
- Sam Oluwalana, the state APC’s director of media and publicity, said the party chieftains were summoned over alleged anti-party activities
- Oluwalana said they have 10 days to appear before the disciplinary committee to clear themselves of the allegation
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The crisis rocking the Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took another twist on Tuesday, September 15, as the party set up an eight-member disciplinary committee to probe Asiwaju Bola Tinubu's in-law, Oyetunde Ojo, and 11 others over alleged anti-party activities.
The Nation reports that the committee was set up to consider cases of members who have refused to withdraw cases filed against the party and its leaders in court.
Legit.ng gathered that this was disclosed in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti state on Tuesday, September 15, by a member of the panel and APC’s director of media and publicity, Sam Oluwalana.
He said the committee was set up to invite and query them for their alleged recalcitrant posture.
Babafemi Ojudu, a former senator and special adviser on political matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, is among the members invited to appear before the disciplinary committee.
The report said that other invited members include Femi Adeleye, Bunmi Ogunleye, Akin Akomolafe, Bamigboye Adegoroye, Wole Oluyede, Olusoga Owoeye, Dele Afolabi, Toyin Oluwasola, Ayo Ajibade and Ben Oguntuase.
They are to appear before the eight-man committee within 10 days, starting from Wednesday, September 16, for their failure to withdraw cases instituted against the party.
Oluwalana added that the leaders refused to withdraw the cases despite the directive given by the National Executive Committee (NWC) of the party on July 25, demanding immediate withdrawal of cases.
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He said their actions forced the party to invoke article 21 of the APC constitution by way of commencement of suspension procedure against them.
The newspaper noted that Ojudu and Oluyede had escaped being suspended, as members of their APC Ado-Ekiti ward 8 and Ugele/Arokun ward in Ikere-Ekiti exonerated them from anti-party activities, saying they had not committed any infraction or anti-party activity that could warrant sanctions.
It was gathered that the executive councils of the two wards, at their emergency meetings, passed votes of confidence in the two leaders, saying they could not be intimidated or induced to carry out actions that would put the party in disrepute.
Speaking on his invitation by the committee, Ojudu described the action of the party as a nullity and of no effect, adding that the party’s State Working Committee (SWC) lacks the power to suspend any member.
“The decision is laughable and negates the constitution of the party because the State Working Committee (SWC) lacks the power to suspend any member. It is only the ward that can do that. They are setting out on a path of perdition and I wish them good luck,” he said.
It was learnt that the meetings were held in the wake of reports that the SWC of the party was allegedly mandated by Governor Kayode Fayemi to ensure that those opposed to him within the party were suspended for alleged anti-party activities.
Oluwalana said the committee headed by former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Patrick Ajigbolamu, has been given 10 days to complete its assignments and report to the party’s NWC via the SWC for proper action.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Tinubu, begged voters in Edo state to reject Governor Godwin Obaseki.
It was reported that the former Lagos state governor who disclosed this in a broadcast on TVC on Tuesday, September 15, said Obaseki does not deserve any democratic ballot paper and should be voted out.
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