The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti on Wednesday, ignored the directives from the party’s national office, while maintaining its earlier suspension of the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and 10 others r.
The APC had earlier declared the indefinite suspension slammed on the party’s big wigs as null and void, but the Ekiti state leadership of the party has insisted on the suspension, despite pronouncement of the party’s national secretariat nullifying the action.
Others who were suspended alongside Ojudu are: Engr Ayo Ajibade, Hon. Oyetunde Ojo, Hon Femi Adeleye, Bunmi Ogunleye, Akin Akomolafe, Bamigboye Adegoroye, Wole Oluyede, Olusoga Owoeye, Dele Afolabi, and Toyin Oluwasola.
The sanction came following the report of the Patrick Ajigbolamu-led eight-man disciplinary committee set up to probe allegations of anti-party activities levelled against them.
Ojudu and his loyalists had in response to the party’s action, also suspended Governor Kayode Fayemi and the State Working Committee, accusing him of destabilising the party.
This is even as the party’s national leadership had appointed the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El’ Rufai as leader of its reconciliation committee for Ekiti state
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekit, the APC State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Ade Ajayi, said the suspension of Ojudu and others subsists.
Ajayi added the el-Rufai reconciliation Committee and the disciplinary committee set up at the state level, which recommended the suspension of Ojudu and others were saddled with distinct responsibilities with no overlapping effect.
“Let me clarify here, it was only the suspension by the illegal body imposed on Governor Kayode Fayemi that was nullified and not the one that was carried out by the state disciplinary committee.
“The National body said it has not received the report of the disciplinary committee set up by the authentic APC in Ekiti as at when the pronouncement was made.
“But as I speak with you, the national had received the report. It was as a result of the disobedience to the directive of the National Executive Committee and President Muhammadu Buhari that all cases are withdrawn from courts that we set up the disciplinary committee”