September 26, 2020
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By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja/Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
Fayemi, party exco suspended by Ojudu, other leaders
My suspension a joke taken too far, says governor
Some frontline members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State on Friday slammed Governor Kayode Fayemi and his key supporters with suspension apparently in retaliation for Wednesday’s ‘indefinite suspension’ of Senator Babafemi Ojudu and others by the governor’s loyalists.
The Authentic Members of the APC, as the anti-Fayemi group calls itself, accused the governor of anti- party activities.
They alleged that he worked against the party’s candidate in last weekend’s governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Fayemi dismissed the action of the group as a joke taken too far.
However, the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CENCPC) stepped in yesterday and annulled the rash of suspensions handed out by the two sides in the fight.
‘Suspended’ along with Fayemi by the statutory members of Ekiti State Executive Committee of the APC were the party chairman Paul Omotosho and other executives.
The SEC members said the decision to ‘suspend’ the affected persons was taken at an emergency meeting of the State Executive Committee of the party, which took place on Wednesday.
The SEC members, in a communiqué entitled “Re: Dr. Fayemi Anti-party Activities”, yesterday said: “After painstakingly reviewing the activities of some members of the APC in Ekiti State, we the authentic members of the party in the State and members of SEC per Section 12.8 of the APC Constitution being duly constituted members of the National Convention of the Party, rose from its meeting of the 23rd September 2020 with some far-reaching resolutions.
They said Fayemi was “suspended from the Party in view of his numerous anti-party activities especially his role in the recently 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, Governor Fayemi hosted Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode in the Government House in Ado Ekiti. It was here they perfected the coup against our party in Edo State.
“This is the same Fani-Kayode who daily abuses President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. We have evidence of celebration by his aides in Ekiti Government House and on social media.
“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 Governor Makinde in the election was intercepted by soldiers.
“The Paul Omotosho led faction of the APC Executive in the state is hereby declared illegal and suspended from the party for failure to emerge in accordance with the Constitution of the Party.
“Senator 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.”
Signatories to the communique include Senator Tony Adeniyi, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, former House of Representatives members Bimbo Daramola, Hon Robinson Ajiboye, Hon Oyetunji Ojo, former Speaker Ekiti State House of Assembly Hon. Adewale Omirin and Hon. Femi Adeleye.
Fayemi: My suspension a joke taken too far
Governor Kayode Fayemi was swift in reacting to his ‘suspension’.