By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Fresh crisis is now rearing its head in the Oyo State chapter of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) over the purported inauguration of another caretaker committee for the party in the state.
It was learnt that the caretaker committee was inaugurated despite the pendency of a case in the Federal High court in Abuja challenging constitution of a caretaker committee in Oyo state. by the AD National Secretariat.
Kicking against the new caretaker committee, Oyo state Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy, Chief Olusegun Akinropo vowed that no caretaker committee can conduct any party primaries in the state and that every effort to cut corners and to short-circuit the party constitution will finally and woefully fail.
Chief Akinropo in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan cautioned AD members to steer clear of the activities of the embattled caretaker committee, saying, “it has become important at this time for me to make this statement, in order to educate, guide and warn our teeming, honest, innocent and loyal party members in Oyo State about the true state of affair in the party.”
“About April 2018, a caretaker committee was set up by some persons, in order to illegally replace the legitimate, performing Executive Committee of Oyo, Ogun, Osun States. This action was challenged in the Federal High Court, Abuja, in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/424/2018 AD, by the Chairmen of the affected States. In the suit, the Caretaker Committee, and their sponsors are represented by Messrs. Sayo Odumosu & Co., Legal Practitioner, while the Chairman of Oyo, Ogun, Osun are represented by John Sola Bayeshea (SAN) & Co. and INEC National Office represented by Iorshe Wilson Esq. of Noble Crest Solicitors. This case will be heard and decided shortly since the Federal High Court that has been on holiday is now open, and ready to hear the case” he said.
Chief Akinropo added,”in that case, it will be decided if AD Constitution recognizes any “caretaker” arrangement, and therefore if the caretaker committee in Oyo State, and operating from Inaolaji Shopping Complex is legal or illegal.”
“I wish to advise all aspirants to any and all political offices in the next general elections to submit their letter of intent and other forms, signed by their ward Local Government Chairman to the National Secretariat of the Party through the State Office of AD, in Yemetu, Ibadan latest by Tuesday 25th September, 2018. I warn members and aspirants not to pay their fees to any caretaker committee that operates without any account in any bank. Banks are law-abiding, and will never open an account for any “Caretaker Committee”, that has no mention in AD Constitution, please. The State Secretariat has a bank account with Wema Bank Plc, in Ibadan, into which all financial transactions of the party are made, and which is subject of an audit by INEC and our Auditors.”
According to Chief Akinropo, ” the only way AD can earn the respect and confidence of members is to operate within its own constitution and all extant laws and the Constitution of Nigeria, and not through process fraud and impunity. This is the only way AD can be truly different from many others in the political spare”