The crisis rocking the main opposition party in Ekiti State has worsened as a group called ‘Concern Stakeholders’ announced the sack of the State Working Committee over allegation of open bias.
The group in a massive protest held Monday morning blamed the current imbroglio in the party on alleged embarrassing conducts of state officials.
The sacked officials have temporarily relocated from the Party Secretariat into a popular Hotel in Ado -Ekiti while the police have taken over the office.
The Coordinator of the group, Barrister Adeoye Aribasoye, who spoke to journalists after the protest, accused the embattled officials of plunging the party into needless crisis.
He posited that the State Working Committee members had betrayed the Party Constitution by allegedly placing their personal interests over and above party interest.
“We are concerned APC members in Ekiti. We had it on good authority that the peaceful election held on Saturday would have been successful, but for connivance between our Party Chairman and Governor Fayose. The election could have been adjudged the best in Ekiti and Nigeria at large.
The protesters, who brandished placards of various inscriptions, also passed a vote of no confidence on the State Chairman of the Party, Chief Jide Awe and Party Spokesman, Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun, for allegedly supporting one of the aspirants in the race.
The protesters comprising mostly delegates and party leaders from the local government and ward levels.
They accused Awe on working in cahoots with Governor Ayodele Fayose to destabilize the party ahead of July 14 governorship election and that he had been offered N75 million to carry out the sinister job.
The embattled chairman, Awe narrowly escaped being lynched by irate party members save for quick intervention of security men
“We are hereby passing vote of no confidence in Awe and SWC members for taking sides. It was Awe and Olatunbosun who allowed those thugs to enter and disrupt the poll.
“The same Jide Awe now going around to say the election should be cancelled. He even met with Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura and APC National Vice Chairman, Pius Akinyelure on Sunday to ask for consensus in favour of Segun Oni.
“It is against the tenets of democracy and APC statute for SWC to be showing open bias. As a result of this, we held a congress today where it was agreed that a caretaker committee to be led by Hon Kayode Eehunjobi as Chairman and Michael Akinleye as Secretary.”
When asked whether the Congress has the power to remove state SWC members, Aribasoye retorted: “anybody can convene the Congress and it is the most powerful organ of the party, so our decision is binding on the Party,” he maintained.