The All Progressives Congress, APC Ekiti State Chapter has confirmed that it has set up an eight-member disciplinary committee to consider cases of party members who have refused to withdraw cases filed against the party and its leaders in court.
This was made known to the press on Tuesday by the APC State Director of Media and Publicity, Elder Sam Oluwalana, in Ado Ekiti.
Oluwalana said the disciplinary committee chaired by a former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Patrick Ajigbolamu, was in line with the APC National Executive Committee’s decision.
He said, “You will recall that on the 25th June, 2020, the NEC passed a resolution directing members of the party not to institute any court action and to withdraw their cases in court in order to explore the internal conflict resolution mechanism of the party.”
He further expressed disappointment that despite entreaties, some party members have refused to comply. He said this informed the directive to the state chapter to “immediately set up a disciplinary committee to commence and complete the process of suspension of the affected members from the party.”
The committee is expected to complete the assignment in 19 days and forward the proceedings and records to the national body.
Some of the erring members listed include a Presidential Adviser, Senator Babafemi Ojudu; a son-in-law to the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, Oyetunde Ojo; former governorship aspirant, Dr. Wole Oluyede; Ayo Ajibade; and Femi Adeleye among others.
The NEC directive dated 7th September, titled ‘Resolution and directive of the NEC on litigation by party members’ and signed by APC Head Legal Service, Dare Oketade, to the state chapter, said, “You are expected to forward to the National Secretariat all records of the disciplinary proceedings against them for disobeying the directives of the NEC issued on 25th June, 2020.”