By Adebayo Fajinmi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has suspended the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Kolapo Alimi, (now a Senior Legislative Aide to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila) for his alleged role in trying to disintegrate the party in the state.
His suspension was made known in a letter jointly signed by the ward Executives, Elerinsi Ward 9, Irepodun South Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Erin-Osun at a meeting held on Wednesday.
The Elders’ Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State had in May suspended former chairman of the party, Elder Adebiyi Adelowo, for pioneering a splinter group loyal to the former governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola within the party
“We review the various anti-party activities of Barrister Kolapo Moruff Alimi and we concluded that he is due for suspension.
“As the elders and stakeholders of the party have been duly carried along and he is hereby suspended from the party, APC.”
Among the eighteen ward executive officers who signed the suspension letter are Alhaji Adebayo Tajudeen, Chairman; Mr Ibiyemi Kayode, Vice Chairman; Adebayo Abdul Gafar, PRO; Ibrahim Saida, Organizing Secretary;Israel Pitter, Ass Treasurer and Mruf Ajimoh, Ex officio 1, among others.
Reacting, Alimi who said he was not aware of any suspension disclosed that he only heard it through the social media.
Alimi, however, described his suspension as illegal because his suspension was not in conformity with the Constitution of the party.
He said, “No allegation was leveled against me. The suspension was not in accordance with party constitution.
“Nobody invited me for anything, nobody accused me of anything.
“I will take action within the ambit of the law of the party and the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He also described many of the party executives who signed the letter of his suspension as “uninformed.”
“I don’t know what they are trying to achieve because I am not a member of any executive. I didn’t hold any post,” he added.