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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Leadership crisis hits Ondo State IPAC

Ali Modu Sheriff

The Ondo State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has been enmeshed in leadership crisis following the removal of the deputy chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Fatai Adams as the chairman of the organization.

The body made up of political parties with the exception of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), explained that the removal of Adams as the chairman was as a result of the crisis in the PDP, which has factionalised it into two major groups.

In particular, it complained that members have been confused on whom to relate with between the Clement Faboyede-led faction of the PDP and that of Prince Biyi Poroye’s faction in the state.

But a section of IPAC led by the stat secretary, Mr. Lawrence Kehinde and the public relations officer (PRO), Engr. Fagboro Oluwole, weekend, spurned the removal of Adams and instead passed a vote of confidence on him.

Those that allegedly removed Adams explained that with the Court of Appeal judgment, which upheld Alli Modu Sheriff’s chairmanship of PDP, it was compelled to remove Adams since he emerged chairman through the Ahmed Makarfi’s National Caretaker Committee that was derecognised by the court.

“Consequent upon the February 17th judgment of the Appeal Court which declared the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led executive of the PDP on which Fatai Adams emerged the chairperson of IPAC in October 2016, illegal and thus nullified the May 21, 2016 convention of the PDP faction in which Adams belongs, that Hon. Fatai Adams seizes to be the State Chairperson of IPAC in Ondo State,” they stated in a communiqué endorsed by chairmen and secretaries of the registered political parties in the state.

In his place, Mr. Atanlogun Olanrewaju Iginla of KOWA party, who was deputy to Adams, was installed chairperson of IPAC in the state forthwith.
Other executive members of the body included Dr. Femi Famakinwa, the Secretary; Princess Awosika Ogunyokun, the Treasurer; and Mr. Oshoro Akinsola Benson, Financial Secretary.

They requested all political parties, security agencies and government and non-government organisation to take note of the changes. But Adams dismissed the action of Iginla and his executive and describing it as laughable. According to him, there was no justification for the action.

Adams contended that he was the one elected as chairman of IPAC and not Iginla, wondering what was their business with an internal matter within the PDP.

He alleged that the action of the faction of the IPAC was being fuelled by poverty and the need to impress the new APC’s government in the state. “We have just finished with the meeting of the State Executive Council of IPAC. When I did not see Iginla, he said he was busy not knowing he has another sinister motive. He is somebody to be ignored,” he said.

Also, in a communiqué issued by Kehinde and Oluwole at the end of IPAC meeting in Akure, they maintained that there is no crisis in IPAC and that Adams remains their chairman.

They congratulated the state governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and his deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi respectively, as well as pledged the state chapter’s loyalty to the national executive body of IPAC. 

“That the body passes a vote of confidence on Hon. Fatal Adams-led State Executives of IPAC, Ondo State. And finally, that there is no issues, crisis or faction in the association of all political parties in Ondo State under the umbrella of IPAC,” it stated in the communiqué.

Similarly, the PDP director of publicity in the state, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, faulted the decision of the body, claiming that their action is a clear case of conspiracy. 

He maintained that Adams was legally elected in line with the constitution and regulations of the IPAC, saying: “I want to say without any reservation that the excuse put forward for his removal is not justifiable and absurd.” 

Meanwhile, the national secretariat of Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria (ACPN) has suspended Ondo State chairman of the party, Mr. Bosun Omosule, over allegations of corruption and anti party activities.

The party’s deputy national chairman, Mr. Moruf Ogundare, explained that the decision was based on the recommendations of the five-man committee set up to probe the charges which purportedly took place during the last governorship election.

Apart from Omosule, the party also suspended the state secretary, Mr. Oluwaseye Emmanuel Akintoye and the public relations officer (PRO), Mr. Alade Adeniyi.

Consequently, a five-man caretaker committee headed by Alhaji Bello Olawale was set up to run the affairs of the party in the state. All attempts to reach Omosule for comments were abortive as his numbers were switched off. 

Vía The Guardian Nigeria

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