Ondo Speaker risks Suspension, Impeachment for alleged Anti Party Activities
By Our Reporter
Speaker, Ondo state House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyeloogun was on Tuesday alleged to have been behind the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ifedore local government after the ward Congresses held in the state.
Oleyeloogun alongside Chairman of Ifedore local government, Hon. Alex Oladimeji and some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State are at the risk of being suspended for allegedly not following party guidelines in expressing grievances over the Ward congresses on July 31.
It was gathered that the Speaker and other chieftains violated Article 21 of the APC constitution by allegedly sponsoring protest against the party.
There has been lingering crisis rocking the party as some aggrieved members in Ifedore local government and the Speaker’s local government, on Monday approached a Federal High Court to challenge the conduct of the Congresses held on Saturday, 31st July ,2021.
Defendants in the suit are the APC, Mallam Mai Mala Buni, Mr. Gboyega Isiaka, Mr. Ade Adetimehin, Tunde Fawoyi and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Claimants in the suit, Mr. Segun Boboyi and Hon Idowu Adebusuyi, are asking for an order setting aside all actions and decisions taken by the Respondents in the Ifedore APC Ward congresses.
Addressing newsmen in Akure, one of the leaders of the aggrieved members, Adebusuyi said they were tired of waiting endlessly for the party leadership to resolve issues arising from the conduct of the congress.
He however mentioned Oleyeloogun as among majority of APC leaders in Ifedore that supported their course.
“People that believed in what we believed are the shakers and movers of Ifedore politics. Without us, nothing can happen in that local government. If we are pushed away, APC will not win any election in that local government any longer. ”
He said “In igbara oke zone, the Speaker, Hon Oloyeloogun is part of our group, chief Ilori is also part of our group and many others.”
Reacting, An APC chieftain from Ifedore and former Special Adviser to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Transportation, Tobi Ogunleye, also alleged that the Speaker Oleyeloogun led other aggrieved members to hijack the ward congresses.
Ogunleye said Oleyeloogun created another list and wanted to impose it on the party in the local government which was vehemently rejected by party members, hence his actions to create crisis in the party.
Ogunleye said the directive was for ward leaders to generate a consensus list of party executives without interference.
He said the party accepted the consensus list that was gotten from a process that followed laid down rules and procedure.
He told ROVING REPORTERS that “ I learnt that they want to go to court, let them go but I wan to refer you to article 21 of our constitution. They did not exploit internal mechanism for conflict resolution, they even addressed the press without being a state working committee. Such activities are anti party and there are penalties for whoever involved in anti party activities. ”
Efforts to get the reaction of the Speaker were not successful as he could not be reached for comments on mobile phone.