By Dayo Johnson
THE sack of the Ondo State Executive of the Action Congress (AC) has received endorsement of the partyâ€™s chairmen from the six local governments area of the state in the Central Senatorial district thereby deepening the crisis in the party.
Ironically, the Chairmen were equally affected by the sack announced last week by the elders of the Party.
They endorsed the decision of the elders and stakeholders of the party which suspended the Comrade Olusola Iji-led executives of the party and subsequently inaugurated a 10- member caretaker committee to oversee the party.
Chairman of the Senatorial district, Mr Joshua Sesan said although he and other central working members were affected by the suspension, they were ready to accept the painful decision in the best interest of the party.
Reading a statement after a meeting to review the development, he said the composition of the 10-man caretaker committee led by Chief Jerry Akinwumi was in the best interest of the party.
The Chairmen said the recall of all those suspended or expelled by Iji-led executive by the new helmsmen was a right step in the right direction.
They said â€œthe allegation leveled against the persons of Messrs Afe Olowookere and Bola Ilori by Comrade Iji that the duo because of their political appointment were members of the present ruling party, Labour Party (LP) is baseless and diversionary.â€
Apart from affirming the membership of the appointees, the Senatorial district said decision of the elders and stakeholders held at Ikare-Akoko last week is binding on all members of the party.
They appealed to the National Secretariat of the party to ratify the decision of the majority of the party members so that it can be repositioned for future challenges.
While responding to the development however, the sacked Chairman said that the reported sack was laughable since it failed to follow due process.
Iji who spoke through the partyâ€™s spokesperson, Mr. Rotimi Agbede pointed out that the elders and stakeholders did not have the right under the constitution of the party to either suspend or dissolve elected state executive.
According to him the elderâ€™s forum under the law cannot perform the role of an accuser and the judge adding that the names being paraded as members of the caretaker committee are not known to the party..
â€œThere are constitutional provisions for removing executive, this action is reckless and at variance with the constitution of the party, it is illegal and only exists in the imagination of the people behind itâ€, Agbede said.
It would be recalled that the Elders of the party suspended the entire executive committee following allegation of non performance and fraud leveled against them by the elders and the stakeholders of the party in the state.
Chairman of the elders committee of the party, Dr. Akerele Adu, said the party performed woefully in the 2007 election because of the insensitivity of the leaders of the party.
According to him, â€œIf the party didnâ€™t perform in the last election, it is for us to find out why we did not win. We are only trying to re-organize and reposition the party; they should have taken advantage of the meeting to pass a vote of no confidence on the leadership instead of disrupting the meetingâ€.
Akerele said their action was imperative â€œbecause of the uncaring, nonchalant and corrupt behavior which had led to unmitigated chaos and unparalleled confusion and almost total disarray of the partyâ€.
According to him â€œEverywhere we go in the state today; it is the same story-that our party ought to have won the gubernatorial and all other elections if we have had honest and un compromised leadershipâ€.