The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has dismissed the purported suspensions of some members of the party in Ekiti State.
Recall that the party’s state publicity secretary in Ekiti, Ade Ajayi, had on Wednesday announced the suspension of 11 members of the party, including Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojodu; a former Member of the House of Representatives, Oyetunde Ojo; Wole Oluyede; Olusoga Owoeye; Dele Afolabi; Ayo Ajibade; Toyin Oluwasola; Akin Akomolafe; Bunmi Ogunleye; Femi Adeleye and Bamigboye Adegoroye.
He said the affected members were suspended as a result of their failure to withdraw court cases against the party.
Also, another faction of the party on Friday announced the suspension of the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, over alleged anti-party activities.
The governor was suspended for “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.”
But in a statement issued by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, on Friday, the national leadership described the actions as “a nullity” because the national secretariat did not receive any communication from the state chapter on the purported suspensions.
It noted that Fayemi remains the leader of APC in Ekiti State.
The party called on its members to be duly guided to ensure and support ongoing amicable and rancour-free settlement of internal party disputes.
The APC national leadership noted that the Architect Paul Omotosho-chaired APC Ekiti State Working Committee is the authentic, valid and duly recognised Executive.
It added that there are no factions or divisions in the State Chapter.
“The attention of the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a purported and widely-reported ‘suspension’ of the Governor of Ekiti State, H.E. Kayode Fayemi as well as an earlier reported ‘indefinite suspension’ of some other party members in the state,” the statement said.
“The actions are a nullity as the Party’s National Secretariat is yet to receive communication from the state chapter on the purported ‘suspensions’. We strongly advise all members to adhere to our Party constitution.
“Governor Kayode Fayemi remains the leader of the party in Ekiti State.
“In line with the mandate of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee and the President’s admonition to party members to ensure and support ongoing amicable and rancour-free settlement of internal party disputes, we call on our esteemed party members and leaders in Ekiti State to be duly guided.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Architect Paul Omotosho-chaired APC Ekiti State Working Committee is the authentic, valid and duly recognised Executive as no factions or divisions exist in the State Chapter.”