By OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Strong indications have emerged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ado local Government Area of Ekiti State has resolved to suspend the Ado Ward 8 caretaker Chairman of the party, Mr. Clement Afolabi over his alleged affiliation with the South West Agenda (SWAGA).
SWAGA, a group headed by Senator Dayo Adeyeye has been moving across South West states canvasing and soliciting support for the 2023 presidential bid of former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
It was gathered that the decision of the party chairman to allegedly support SWAGA angered the leadership of the APC in Ekiti, which they said is against the rumored presidential ambition of Governor Fayemi.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu is from Ado ward 8.
It would be recalled that the ward Chairman in 2020, frustrated the directives of the party leadership in the state to suspend the presidential aide over his criticism of the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration.
The Party in a letter addressed to the ward chairman and dated April 27, 2021, invited him to appear before a disciplinary committee over his alleged anti-party activities.
The party also accused him of blackmailing the APC and the state government.
The letter signed by the local government caretaker secretary of APC, Mr Temitope Oluwasola and titled, ‘ Your Political Anti-Party Activities and the need to Defend Yourself ‘ said Afolabi was being investigated among others, his declaration as a coordinator, ” of an unauthorized group in the local government.”
According to the letter, ” Your anti-party activities have come to our notice and attention by your ward.
“These include blackmail against the party and the state government, failure to attend meetings of the party, division of ward exco members into factions, as well as your confessional statement as a coordinator /chairman of an unauthorized group in Ado local government.
” Consequent upon this and in line with the provision of article 21 of our party constitution, a committee was set up to look into the matter.
“In view of this, the committee hereby invite you to respond to the afforestated allegations.”
Speaking,Mr Afolabi denied all the allegations, saying he remained a committed and devoted progressives that would work for the success and progress of the party.
“All the allegations against me in the letter are not true. I am a committed party man since inception and I will not do anything that will affect the chances of the APC in Ekiti state and the country at large.
“Only last week Thursday, I presided over a well attended ward meeting where issues relating to the development of party were discussed. I will respond appropriately to the party through my lawyer,” he said.