By Chuks Ekpeneru
Presidential Adviser, Senator Babafemi Ojudu has described as laughable a disciplinary committee set up by the Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress to try him and some other party members who are mostly loyalists of the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The state chapter had set up the eight- member committee after some members refused to withdraw court cases against the party.
According to Ojudu “It is laughable and also against the constitution of the party because the state working committee lacks the power to suspend any member. It is only the ward that can do that. They are setting out on the path to perdition and I wish them good luck.”
Among those speculated to face the committee are Presidential Adviser, Senator Babafemi Ojudu; a son-in-law to the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, Oyetunde Ojo; former governorship aspirant, Dr. Wole Oluyede; Ayo Ajibade; and Femi Adeleye among others.
APC State Director of Media and Publicity, Elder Sam Oluwalana, stated that the affected persons refused to withdraw cases filed against the party and its leaders in court despite entreaties.
A former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Patrick Ajigbolamu, will chair the disciplinary committee, which was in line with the decision of the APC National Executive Committee.
The party scribe said “You will recall that on the 25th June, 2020, the NEC passed a resolution directing members of the party not to institute any court action and to withdraw their cases in court in order to explore the internal conflict resolution mechanism of the party.”
He said the party has decided to “immediately set up a disciplinary committee to commence and complete the process of suspension of the affected members from the party.”
The committee has 19 days to complete the assignment and forward the proceedings and records to the national body.
The action of the chapter is in compliance with the NEC directive dated September 7, titled ‘Resolution and directive of the NEC on litigation by party members’ and signed by APC Head Legal Service, Dare Oketade, to the state chapter, which said “You are expected to forward to the National Secretariat all records of the disciplinary proceedings against them for disobeying the directives of the NEC issued on June 25, 2020.”
The party NEC also directed the chapter to forward details of actions taken against such members in line with the APC constitution to the National Secretariat “within 19 days.”