Osun APC suspends ex-Aregbesola’s aide over alleged anti-party activities
I’ll take action within ambit of law, Alimi reacts as party sinks deeper in crisis
By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The Osun State Chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the ward level has suspended the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Kolapo Alimi.
Alimi is a senior legislative aide to the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and a former aide of Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who was governor of Osun State for two terms.
The APC chieftain’s suspension was made known in a letter jointly signed by Elerinsi Ward 9, Irepodun South Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Erin-Osun, a copy of which was obtained by NEWSBOOM on Friday.
In the suspension letter jointly signed by 18 wards executives, including the chairman; vice-chairman, and PRO; Adebayo Tajudeen; Ibiyemi Kayode, and Adebayo Abdulgafar respectively, Alimi’s membership of the party was terminated for “various anti-party activities.”
“We reviewed the various anti-party activities of Barrister Kolapo Moruff Alimi and we concluded that he is due for suspension.
“As the elders and stakeholders of the party have been duly carried along and he is hereby suspended from the party, APC.” the letter read.
Among the eighteen ward executive officers who signed the suspension letter are Organizing Secretary, Ibrahim Saida; Assistant Treasurer, Israel Pitter and Mruf Ajimoh, Ex officio 1, among others.
Sources informed NEWS BOOM that Alimi was suspended for joining other strong loyalists of Aregbesola to form The Progressives Congress (TOP), a splinter group in the party.
The caucus has Aregbesola, believed to have rift with the State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, as the Chairman of its Board of Trustees. Alimi’s suspension came few weeks after an elder caucus of the ruling APC suspended one of its members, Lowo Adebiyi for also forming and being the chairman of TOP.
This latest suspension has further deepened the crisis rocking Osun APC as the July 16 governorship election approaches.
When contacted for reaction, Alimi said he was yet to receive suspension letter but he had seen it on the social media.
He described his suspension as illegal because it was not in conformity with the Constitution of the party.
According to him: “there was no allegation leveled against me. The suspension was not in accordance with party’s constitution. Nobody invited me for anything, nobody accused me of anything.
“I will take action within the ambit of the law of the party and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he disclosed.
He added that many of the party executives who signed the letter of his suspension were not duly informed.
“I don’t know what they are trying to achieve because I am not a member of any executive. I didn’t hold any post,” he said.
He appealed to his loyalists to remain calm saying they should allow the law to take its course.