AD suspends ex-Rep member, chairman, others for endorsing PDP guber candidate, Seyi Makinde
The Oyo State chapter of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) on Wednesday announced the suspension of former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, state Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Chief Akin Alamu and three others from the party for alleged anti-party activities.
The decision to suspend the party chieftains was taken at the meeting of the party’s stakeholders, comprising the state Secretary of the party, Aremo Adeola Adepoju, party chairmen in the 33 local government council areas of the state, members of the Caretaker Committee including Elder Sunday Salako, Hon. Bukola Farotimi, this held in Ibadan on Tuesday night.
Adepoju in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, said that the stakeholders viewed with angst and consternation Chief Akin Alamu’s confession of romance and adoption of Engineer Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), an act described as an affront, betrayal, self-serving, wicked, inhumane and aberration of high proportion which no party worths its salt could tolerate.
He added that the stakeholders were unmistaken in their condemnation of Akin Alamu, who was accused of dereliction of duty and great anti-party activities, noting also with disgust the open disparage of the party gubernatorial candidate on a radio programme.
The statement said, “Arising from this observation, the meeting suspended Chief Alamu and the following people: Messers Bayo Badmus, Clement Fajembola, Babatunde Tijani, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye and Mrs. Grace Akande from the party henceforth, a decision being sent to the National Headquarters alongside all the evidences of anti-party activities leveled against Chief Alamu and his team.”
The stakeholders also asked the party’s National Headquarters to view with serious indignation the activities of Chief Alamu and his team said to be unbecoming of the committed and genuine party members and recommended their total expulsion from the party so that the party could move forward.
Acknowledging the current peace pervading the party, the stakeholders disclosed that those hitherto operating a separate faction have embraced genuine reconciliation under the leadership of Chief Micheal Akinropo and have declared their full support for the gubernatorial candidature of Oyedele Hakeem Alao.
While urging the people of Oyo State to discountenance whatever Chief Alamu and his co-travellers might have said about the party and its candidates in the state, they appealed to them to remain committed to the party and its welfare programmes that cannot be compared with those of any other party.
They equally warned that whatever negotiation or realignment as claimed by Chief Alamu and his team may be midwifing “is outside of Oyo AD and anybody getting involved in such unholy alliance is doing it at his or her peril.”