Elders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has criticised the suspension of a former governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, from the party over alleged anti-party activities.
Michael Durodola, Tayo Okanlawon, Ebenezer Ogunlana and Sola Ilori, on behalf of the APC elders in Ifaki wards 1 and 2 in the Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state, condemned the suspension of the former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC, describing it as “shameful and illegal”.
In a statement on Saturday, the elders said: “The ward executives’ decision to suspend Segun Oni did not receive the blessing of the generality of the APC leaders in Ifaki wards.
“The allegations were unfounded. The names of those said to have raised allegations of anti-party activities against Oni were neither mentioned nor were they invited. The faceless committee they said they set up did not properly invite the former governor. The suspension letter had no signatures and this rendered it useless.
“We, the elders of the APC in the two wards in Ifaki, reject this suspension and we urge party members and the public to discountenance it.”
The Chairman, Ifaki Ward II, Shina Akinloye, and Secretary, Ogunyemi Taiwo, as well as 24 other executive members in the ward signed the letter dated May 1 conveying Oni’s suspension for “failure to honour our invitation for investigation into the allegation of anti-party activities levelled against you by the members of our party”.
The suspension also had the backing of the APC executives in the Ido/Osi LGA.
Oni had dismissed his suspension from the party, saying, “There is a way things are done in the party. Who are they? What is their pedigree?”