Controversy hits Ogun LP leadership as National executive echoes confidence in Arabambi’s leadership 

Faruq Kushoro

The Secretary of the Ogun State Labour Party (LP) Mr Akinyemi Jackson and 20 other members on Thursday passed a vote of no confidence on its Chairman, Com. Abayomi Arabambi. 

They accused Arabambi of engaging in anti-party activities during the last general elections.

A letter, signed by the secretary among other twenty-three members of the Party made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, called on the National Chairman of the party, Abudulkadir Abdulsallam to sack Arabambi from the party.

They noted that the suspension of Arabambi became imperative to save the party from destructive hands.

The letter read in part, “Sequel to what transpired before, during and after the just concluded national election, with our great party being one of the frontiers of sustainable democracy, observations were made with respect to the noticeable misconducts of our party Chairman, Comrade Abayomi Arabambi, who flagrantly disregarded the provisions of our party constitution, constituting himself as a political dictator, against the unanimous decisions of other stakeholders.

“That owing to the outcome of the last election, it is the concern of all stakeholders that our party chairman usurped the responsibility of our party’s financial officer, controlling all financial records without accounting for same.

“That our party chairman unilaterally presented names of individuals who eventually contested for various elective offices during the last election, without due consultation and ratification by relevant constituted party committees.

“Considering all these aforementioned allegations, members of the State Executive Committee of Labour Party in Ogun State,  hereby resolve and pass vote of no confidence on the provision of Article 17 of Labour Party Constitution (as amended), calls for the removal of our Party Chairman in the general interest of members of our great party”.

Meanwhile, in his reaction to the development, the National Chairman of the party, however, debunked the said suspension adding that Arabambi’s accusers had seized to be members of the party.

The letter which was co-signed by the National Secretary of the party hence, hailed the Arabambi’s leadership in Ogun state.

The letter reads; “Our attention has been brought to a petition written by some individuals dated 20th May, 2019 and received today19th June, 2019 making some allegations of marginalisation and anti-party activities and several others bothering on flagrant disregard for our party’s constitution.

“It is unfortunate but we have to recall that before the congresses of Labour Party in Ogun State last year we did observe and objected: first to the background and character of those who are to contest for state offices and their failure or inability to meet up with the guidelines of the primaries of the party, you did assure us by guarantying and making an undertaken that all of them will pay within 30days.

“You will also recall that we have severally reminded you that the names of all those who contested and didn’t pay up the nomination form will not be sent to INEC and cannot be recognised by the National Headquarters of the party.

“Curiously, we have discovered that virtually all those who signed the so-called petition were never recognized, if not, how can a genuine officials / officers of the party desecrate the party’s integrity and image before the public without fully exhausting the internal machineries provided by the party on grievances, complain or grudges and to worsen the situation, circulating the same Letter to other political party Chairmen in the State.

“If not act of mischief, how come a letter written on the 20th May got to us at the National Secretariat on the 19th of June?  What was the reason for the delay and what were the reasons for going public? In view of the aforesaid and other observations, the petitioners have no locus standing to raise these issues at this point in time when the party is in tribunal.

“There must be more to it than meet the eye because we begin to wonder if these people are genuine members of Labour Party in Ogun State.”

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