The Apapa Local Government Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the immediate-past Chairman of the council, Mr. Elijah Owolabi Adele.
Adele was accused of dragging the party to court, a situation the party described as disgraceful. He had resorted to the law court after he failed to grab the party’s nomination to contest for re-election.
In a letter of suspension dated 26th July 2021, signed by the party’s Vice Chairman in the council, Comrade Oye Olumide, Secretary, Adediwura and others said Hon. Adele’s action shocked them.
The letter reads: “We are shocked by your recent behaviour of taking the party, APC to court of which you vehemently kicked against earlier. The case of a party member, Mr Bamidele Avose comes to mind.
“Bearing this in mind and also the undertaking signed by your humble self as one of the chairmanship aspirants during the last primary election held on 29th day of May 2021 to abide by the party’s decision on the primary, we hereby suspend you from the party through this letter”.
The letter, however, quoted Article 21 of the party’s constitution to support its action.
APC in the council had been enmeshed in intra-party squabbles since the primary election when Adele was denied the ticket of the party.
The suspended ex-council boss had been accused of anti-party activities prior to the election, which he denied.
He, however, dragged the party to court claiming he was unfairly treated and wants to reclaim his mandate.
He has been at loggerhead with the state party Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, who is also from the area.
When asked for his reaction to the suspension, Adele said it was false and that our Correspondent should not bother himself with the story.
The State’s Legal Adviser of the party, Barr. Sadiq Ademola, however, told WESTERN POST that the local government chapter acted in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution, adding that any erring member can be disciplined by the local chapter.