The All Progressives Congress, (APC) Ekiti State chapter, has suspended two members of the party.
The two suspended members are Kayode Adetifa and Jide Oso, APC members in Ward 9, Owaye quarters in Ayede Ekiti, Oye local government area of the state.
The suspension of the two members was based on their involvement with the South West Agenda for 2023 (SWAGA), a political platform rooting for the Presidential aspiration of the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State is also known to be nursing the 2023 presidential ambition.
It is worthy of mention that the APC Chairman of ward 8, Ado Ekiti, Mr. Clement Afolabi, was also suspended on similar grounds recently.
The suspension of Adetifa and Oso was announced through two separate letters signed by members of the ward executive including Abejide Sola (Chairman), Bamisayo Abigeal (Women Leader), Oladipo Adekunle (Youth Leader), Fayemi Apeke (Secretary), and Oloruntoba Bosede(Treasurer)
The letter of suspension of Mr. Kayode Adetifa reads, “We noted from your activities in the party in the recent past that you have been working against the unity of the party even to the extent of creating a parallel ward that you named “SWAGA” within the ward.
“You sent in confirmation of your action through Mr. Jide Oso, a former ward chairman on 16th May 2021 to the ward that you have created another venue for this purpose.
“You as well was invited to the general Executive and leaders’ meeting on 20th May 2021 to explain your action and you confirmed that the message of Mr. Jide Oso was sent by you as his principal and that you would not stop your parallel meeting for any reason.
“Given the above reasons the general executive of the ward met 27th May 2021 and decided to suspend for running against the party (APC) Constitution till further notice.”
In his reaction, Hon. Ade Ajayi, the APC Publicity Secretary in the state said the two were disciplined by party leaders for factionalizing the party.
He however insisted that the suspension has nothing to do with SWAGA 2023.
He said, “they were not suspended because of SWAGA. But they have been dividing the party and all efforts to rein them in failed.
“They were invited to defend themselves, they confirmed it and party supremacy had to come to play. Nobody is bigger than the party”.