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The National Working Committee of the Labour Party, on Friday, terminated the appointment of its acting National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, and dissolved the Ogun State chapter of the party over the role they played in the alleged expulsion of the Director General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe.
This is even as the NWC passed a vote of confidence on its embattled National Chairman, Julius Abure, saying it had reviewed all the corruption allegations levelled against him and found him not culpable.
Okupe and 10 members of the party were removed by the Ogun State chapter of LP over alleged “non-financial membership status, political rascality and misappropriation of funds”.
The affected members were Deputy State Chairman II East, Jagun Lookman; State Women Leader, Oluwabukola Soyoye; ex-State Treasurer, Gbadebo Fesomade; State Publicity Secretary, Jide Amusan; State Youth Leader, Abdulmalik Olaleye; Assistant State Youth Leader, Adeshina Shojobi; Senatorial Women Leader Ogun East, Deborah Adewale; Assistant State Secretary, Olatunde Abolade; and Abel Olaleye and Abayomi Collins.
But, rising from an emergency meeting of the NWC in Abuja, the National Secretary of the party, Umar Farouk, announced the sack of Arabambi, dissolution of the Ogun State chapter, and suspension of its chairman and other executives.
According to him, the party could no longer condone such anti-party activities.
He said, “The acting National Publicity Secretary has been relieved of his appointment by the National Working Committee. A disciplinary committee has also been constituted to investigate his anti-party activities.
“The Ogun State chapter of the party has also been dissolved, and the chairman and its exco suspended. A caretaker will be appointed to take charge of the party’s activities in the state. They will also be investigated by the disciplinary committee for anti-party activities.
“The NWC has also unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the National Chairman, Julius Abure. Consequently, we call on all party members to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Constitution and Code of Conduct of the party. We also call on the general public to have more confidence in the party as its leadership working very hard to ensure that we are not distracted. The bad elements among us will be fished out gradually and punished in accordance with the Constitution of the party.
However, in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, Arabambi maintained that he would seek redress on the matter through the courts. He also said that his removal was a witch-hunt because he wanted to expose the corruption going on in the party.
He also stressed that the reinstatement of the Director General of the Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe, despite his alleged non-payment of dues to the party, showed that the party was disobeying its constitution.