The crisis in the Ondo State All Progressives Congress deepened on Monday as some elders of the party threw their weight behind the purported suspension of the chairman of the party Mr. Isaac Kekemeke.
Two-thirds majority of the State Executive Committee of the party, which comprises the members of the state and of local government executives of the party had, on Saturday, announced the removal of Kekemeke for allegedly involving in some anti-party activities.
The elders under the auspices of Elders Assembly of the APC, in a statement signed by its chairman, Senator Olorunmbe Farunkanmi, alleged that Kekekeme did not carry them along in the running of the affairs of the party.
They also accused the embattled chairman of failure to render the account of the financial status of the party to members of the party.
The statement said, ?We are appealing to the members of the APC in Ondo State that unless capable leaders are made to reorganise the party properly, no matter whom we endorse to run the governorship election, our chances of winning the election are slim.?
Similarly, the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Abayomi Adesanya, reiterated that Kekemeke was no longer the chairman of the party in the state as a vote of no confidence had been passed on him by two-thirds majority of the State Executives Committee of the party.
Adesanya, in a statement, said due process was followed in accordance with the spirits and letters of the party?s constitution in removing the chairman from office.
The statement said, ?Article 17(v) which states that, subject to the ratification by the National Convention or Congress, an officer shall be relieved of his post at any time if a vote of no confidence is passed on him by two-thirds of the members of the relevant party organ?
?Article 17(vi): Pursuant to this constitution, where a vote of ?No Confidence? has been passed on an officer, the relevant party organ shall appoint another person to act in his place pending ratification by the National Convention or Congress.?
Abayomi insisted that the vice-chairman of the party, Ade Adetimehin, was the acting chairman of the APC in Ondo State, advising the general public, security agencies, financial institutions and the members of the party, to stop relating with Kekemeke as the chairman of the party.
The statement read, ?We, therefore, direct the former chairman, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, to submit all the party?s properties in his possession to the state secretary of the party or the nearest police station forthwith and we wish him good luck in all his future endeavors.?
However, Kekemeke has said he remained the chairman of the party, adding that the SEC had no power to remove him from office because he was a member of the National Executive Committee and could not be removed at the state level.
He said, ?Only the national executive members of the party can remove the chairman at the state level, because the state chairman is a member of the national executive. They should check their constitution and should not dissipate their energy or waste their time.?