Dayo Johnson Akure
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ondo state, has described the alleged suspension of its National Chairman, Dr Olu Agunloye, as a huge joke taken too far by political rascals.
Recall that the party’s Chairman and Secretary in Akoko North West Local Government, Chief Moses Aribisala and Elder Olorunfemi Festus, respectively had written a letter to the party’s national Secretary announcing the suspension of Agunloye over alleged anti-party activities and disregard for the party’s constitution.
They stated that Agunloye’s suspension was based on the letter from his ward (Ward 10), that recommended his suspension from the party over alleged anti-party activities.
But, in a swift response, the Ondo state chairman of the party, Hon Stephen Adewale and Secretary, Bola Aina in a statement made available to Vanguard in Akure, described those behind the falsehood as ” reckless and irresponsible politicians who places their selfish agenda above the party’s interest.
The statement reads “We hereby wish to use this medium to clarify the fictitious, baseless and unsubstantiated assertions for the benefit of our members across the world and the general public.
“We state the following for the record:Dele Ogunbameru who was referred to as the SDP chairman of Ondo State in the fallacious publication ceases to be State Chairman of the party effective from Saturday, April 9, 2022 when Congress of our great party was held in Akure, in accordance with the Electoral Provisions and duly overseen by INEC officers who were present to observe the entire proceedings, and the new state leadership emerged.
“The few elements do not have the locus standi to present themselves as either State or Local Government Executives in Ondo State because their tenure had long and since expired; and they failed to obtain and participate in the election to elect new State and Local Government Executives at the Congress.
” Therefore, on what basis did Ogunbameru and the faceless elements make the pronouncement?
“If the disgraced former party chairman says he has suspended Dr Olu Agunloye, the question to ask him is ‘what is his locus?’
“He was present at the Congress where the new State Working Committee members were elected but only to gather his friends later and say that his group had suspended Dr. Agunloye simply because the outcome of the congress did not favour him.
” In line with Article 12.9 of our Great Party’s constitution, anyone seeking to be recognised as a member of the Local Government executive must be elected by our Party’s Local Government Congress, while Article 12.10 stated that the Ward executive committee must be elected by our Great Party’s Ward Congress.
“The party’s constitution does not recognise anyone who appears or claims any sort of leadership in our party outside of the declared constitutional method.
“As a result, the faceless individuals posing as Chairman and Secretary in Akoko North West, as well as the so-called Ward Chairman and Secretary, are neither members nor leaders of our great Party, as none of them has passed through the Party’s Local Government or Ward Congresses.
“Recently, the 36 State Chairmen of our Great Party, rising from the NEC meeting convened in Abuja to assess the party’s progress, passed a vote of confidence in Agunloye’s leadership after recognising this unconstitutional conspiracy.
” The Chairmen made it clear that, in accordance with our great party’s constitution, the alleged suspension of the Agunloye “by some persons unknown to the party” had no effect.
“The new Ondo State Executive of the Social Democratic Party unequivocally states that the accusation made in the letter by these impersonators posing as State and Local Government Executives is false and irresponsible, and is intended to malign and discredit the personality of our great Party’s National Leader.
“The National Chairman, Dr. Olu Agunloye, was never involved in or accused of any act that could be construed as anti-party; rather, it was the former State Chairman, Mr. Ogunbameru, and his cronies who had been accused of discreditable activities such as associating with other Political Parties to the detriment of the SDP, leaving many Party members dissatisfied and aggrieved across the State.
“Unfortunately, Ogunbameru’s behaviour is one of those diseases that afflict our great party when elections approach. People like him allow themselves to be exploited by other politicians and political groups who are fearful of the SDP’s growing popularity in the country.
“He participated in anti-party activities and de-marketed our party while abdicating his duties and functions while in the saddle. Our big party became a shadow of its former self under his watchful gaze.
“He exhibited his incapacity to bring the party together in the state by displaying willful insubordination. He has since revealed his true colour by defecting to another party after being kicked out of the SDP.
“The letter is also an attempt to sabotage the Party’s progress since the new State leadership assumed office by spreading misleading information.
” The Party’s Ondo State Chapter distances itself from the article and its authors. And in the words of the National Chairman, the letter is nothing but ‘political rascality.
“The Ondo State Chapter of SDP is solidly in support of the National Chairman, Dr. Olu Agunloye and his leadership.
” We call for a total disregard of the letter by these impersonators who are paid agents of other Political Parties to destabilise, truncate, and cause confusion in our Party towards the 2023 General Election. The statement added.