Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti
The State Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, has suspended the State governor Kayode Fayemi over alleged anti-party activities.
The APC SEC which constitutes aggrieved leaders in the party has brokered into a factional group digging it up with the governor and the State Working Committee (SWC)
The aggrieved leaders included Senior Special Assistant to President Mohammadu Buhari on Political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, former member, House of Representatives, Hon Oyetunde Ojo, Former Governorship Aspirant Dr Wole Oluyede, Former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, former House of Representatives member, Bimbo Daramola and others.
They are in court challenging the composition of the State Executives of the party headed by Barr Paul Omotosho. The APC prominent leaders alleged the Executives were allies of Fayemi and handpicked without any election for selfish interest.
The APC headed by Barr Omotosho set up a disciplinary committee to interrogate the aggrieved leaders on the refusal to withdraw the court case as allegedly directed by the party’s National caretaker committee. The aggrieved leaders were on Thursday suspended indefinitely by the committee.
Arising from a meeting held on Wednesday September 23rd, the aggrieved leaders fired back and suspended the State governor Kayode Fayemi over alleged antiparty
The leaders in a communiqué signed and made available to Journalists on Friday said
“After painstakingly reviewing the activities of some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, we the authentic members of the Party in the State and Members of State Executive Committee per Section 12.8 of APC Constitution being duly constituted members of the National Convention of the Party, rose from its meeting of the 23rd September, 2020 and resolved as follows:
1. We note the continued illegalities in the name of the party, being conducted by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who as Governor is an ordinary member of the SEC and ought to have called meetings of this duly constituted body as a critical party organ, has failed to do so since his assumption of office in 2018.
2.That the body currently masquerading as the elected members of the SEC or as the State Working Committee or appendages is unknown to us (as due statutory members of SEC) since no Ward Congress has taken place in Ekiti State APC since inception. All SEC members listed in Section 12.8 of our constitution, (i) to (xxvii) as such are open positions since only duly officiated Ward congresses with INEC observation can fill these positions.
3.As such, only the duly elected members of the APC in the state serving as Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker & Deputy Speaker as well as Principal Officers of the House and Members of the National Convention which includes all present and past National Assembly members today constitute the State SEC of our great party.
4.To this end, in the absence of a properly organized body and meeting, and the continued insistence of the Governor to neglect his duty to initiate Ward Congresses or call a meeting of the SEC to deliberate upon pertinent issues, we as loyal members of our party and members of the State Executive Committee met to rescue our party from continued denigration and abuse, and resolved thus:
1.That Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Executive Governor of Ekiti State is hereby suspended from the Party in view of his numerous anti-Party activities especially his role in the recent concluded governorship election in Edo State which is contrary to the provisions of Article 21 (A) (ii) of the APC Constitution.For five days prior to the Edo elections Gov Fayemi hosted PDP big wig Mr Femi Fani-Kayode in the government house in Ado-Ekiti in the run up to the Edo elections. It was here they perfected the coup against our party in Edo State. This is same Fani-Kayode who daily abuses President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the APC as a party as well as vital section of our country. We have evidence of that meeting.
Fani-Kayode specifically said he has gone on his tour as part of an effort between him and Fayemi to build a cross-party alliance and few hours after leaving Ekiti he fired a shot at Asiwaju Tinubu.
1 (a) We also have evidence of celebration by his aides in Ekiti government house and on social media.
1(b) We also recall his role in the gubernatorial election in Oyo State where he supported the PDP candidate to defeat the APC candidate. A second tranche of money he sent to Gov Makinde in the election was intercepted by soldiers. The courier, Mr Ayo Adegbite, his Chief Protocol Officer, was arrested and he immediately disowned and announced his sack. Mr Adegbite remains his aide till date.
1(c) We also recall the support he provided a PDP candidate who challenged an APC Senator Prince Dayo Adeyeye in the Tribunal. He moved the judges to Kaduna to deliver judgement when he knew what he planned against his party was unpopular in Ekiti. We have more to tell on this betrayal and traitorous act of his. APC Senator is out of the Senate today and PDP is in. The relationship between Fayemi and Senator Olujimi of PDP, the beneficiary of his treachery is known to all in Ekiti State.
We also recall his resort to court when majority of party members nominated late Senator Abiola Ajimobi for Deputy National Chairman of the party. He fought Ajimobi till death.
1(d) His fraternisation with the PDP in continuation of his bid for Vice Presidential candidate under the party (if his bid for Presidential candidate in APC fails ) was masked by commissioning of projects in Rivers State, a smokescreen for his consultation to woo the support of Governor Nyesom Wike last year.
2. That the Paul Omotosho led faction of APC Executive in the State is hereby declared illegal and suspended from the Party for failure to emerge in accordance to the Constitution of the Party.
3.That Paul Omotoso and his co travellers’s refusal to respect court proceedings in which they are not only joined but appeared in court through the proceedings but defiantly disrespected the court contrary to the hallowed decision of the Supreme Court in OJUKWU vs GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE
4.That Paul Omotosho faction of the executive should desist from parading themselves as the Executive Members of the Party in the State and that the Nigerian Police and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the general public should take note.
5.That Senator Tony Adeniyi, as a statutory member of the SEC going by our party’s constitution, was elected by all members attending as the Acting Chairman of the State Executive Committee in the absence of direction or directive from the National Body. He is as such the only one thus capable to call the SEC meeting as duly required by the constitution from henceforth.
6.The committee seating also agreed to begin bridge building across our members, statewide and nationally, and set up a special intervention committee, APC Majeobaje Working Group, to be led by Prince Bamgboye Adegoroye, and six other individuals from across our great state. That working group will henceforth do the hard work of rebuilding APC in Ekiti State and prevent the oncoming annihilation of our party if we take no action at the upcoming polls.”
The APC factional group added that the party is progressives, and must do things only in line with the law, they added that the party cannot act against its constitution or the law of the land.
“Hence, this intervention became urgently necessary and pertinent before marauders destroy the party permanently.
“It must be emphasized that with the increasingly discerning capacity and sophistication of our people we cannot afford to take them for granted. We must be able to sustain the relevance of our party in Ekiti State, hold our members and win new members. We are obligated to ensure that the light of our electoral prospect and fortune is not dimmed or extinguished.”
Reacting to the development, the Ekiti State All Progressives Congress State Executive Committee said its attention has been drawn to the publication which is in circulation in the social media titled, “Re: Dr. Kayode Fayemi Anti-Party Activities” purportedly signed by Senator Tony Adeniyi; Senator Babafemi Ojudu; Senator Dayo Adeyeye; Congressman Bimbo Daramola; Hon. Robinson Ajiboye; Hon. Oye Ojo; Hon. Dr. Adewale Ominrin and Hon. Femi Adeleye, therefore, called on the signatories to either confirm or deny the publication.
A press release signed on behalf of State Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress(APC) Omotoso Paul, gave the purported signatories between now and the close of work today, September 25, 2020, for confirmation or denial of the said publication.
In his reaction to the purported suspension, a statement personally issued by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described the entirety of the said publication as a joke taken too far, stressed that governor Kayode Fayemi remains the indisputable leader of the APC in Ekiti State.
According to Oyebode, ” the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party is governed by laws, adding that members of the group cannot hide under their recent suspension to announce a dubious suspension they lack the locus to handle.
“While one would have dismissed their claims as another failed attempt to polarise the party in the state, it is also important to put it on record that the action of the group smacks of criminal impersonation as none of those who signed the purported suspension letter were executive members of the party at ward, Local government or state level.
“The action is but a joke taken too far as they never had such power they want to arrogate to themselves while they were members of the party, much less now that they have been suspended.”
Oyebode hinted that Governor Fayemi, however, remains unperturbed by this antics of suspended members.
He, therefore, urged well meaning members of the public as well as members of APC to disregard the news of the purported suspension, added, it only exists in the imagination of members of the group.