- APC Suspends Oni Over Alleged Anti Party Activities
Former governor of Ekiti State, Engineer Segun Oni, has been suspended indefinitely by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on alleged anti party activities.
- In a letter dated 1st May, 2019 and addressed to the former Zonal deputy chairman South, the party hinged its decision on the refusal of the party leader to appear before the ward executive to clear the allegations levelled against him.
The letter, which was signed by the chairman and secretary of Ifaki ward II, Shina Akinloye and Ogunyemi Taiwo, respectively, also got the endorsements of 24 other executive members in the ward.
- The letter of suspension read: ” Subject to Article 21 Subsections I, II and X of the APC constitution 2014 as amended, we undersigned executive members of the APC hereby suspend you indefinitely from our great party, based on your refusal to honour our invitation for investigation and fact finding into the allegation of anti party activities leveled against your person by the members of our party.
“We are by the copy of this letter informing both the local government and state working committee of the party for necessary information and action”
The party , had in a letter dated 24th April,2019 and signed by the ward executive invited Oni to appear before a panel.
“We the executive members of the APC in Ifaki Ward II, hereby request your presence at the Ilero town hall, Ilogbe , Ifaki Ekiti to clear air about the allegations by members of the APC in your ward.
“Kindly indicate by informing the APC chairman the convenient time and date to appear before members within the next seven days of the reception of this letter”.
- The letter of invitation was said to have been received by Adetunji, onbehalf of the former governor on on 25th April, 2019.
Recalled that Oni had gone to court after the May 26, 2018 APC governorship primary to challenge Governor Kayode Fayemi’s eligibility to participate in the election.
Oni had said that going by the constitution of the party, Fayemi , being a Minister in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari ought to resign 30 days to the primary.
Fayemi resigned in June, 2018.
He later won the July 14 governorship election, by defeating the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Prof Kolapo Olusola.
But the Supreme Court in its judgement dismissed Oni’s suit for lack of merit, saying Fayemi didn’t breach the law by resigning after the primary.
Though, Fayemi in his reaction to the court verdict spread olive branch to Oni, with a promise to work with him to move the party forward.
But some party members were said to have insisted Oni needed to be punished for disrespecting the party , by declining the Senatorial ticket and went to court to upturn Fayemi’s victory.