APC chieftain, Babafemi Ojudu, escapes suspension over alleged anti-party conduct
Ward executives defy SWC, pass vote of confidence on him
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, yesterday escaped suspension from the All Progressives Congress (APC) over alleged anti-party activities.
Rather than wield the big stick, leaders and executive members of the APC in Ado-Ekiti Ward 8 in Ekiti State unanimously passed a vote of confidence on him.
The party leaders, after its marathon meeting yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, said that the presidential aide had done nothing wrong to warrant any suspension, describing him as a loyal and worthy party man.
Ojudu, alongside Dr. Wole Oluyede, Oyetunde Ojo, Chief Akomolafe, Ayo Ajibade, Bunmi Ogunleye and Ben Oguntuase, on behalf of other aggrieved leaders of the party went to court to challenge the validity of the ward, local council and state executives of the state chapter.
The suit, filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, had twice been mentioned in court and was adjourned for hearing to July 6, 2020.
Besides, the Political Adviser to the President, had in a statement recently, accused the state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of running the affairs of the party as his personal business like a puppeteer.
He also alleged that there was no governance in the state and that Fayemi had done little or nothing since he was elected in 2018.
Meanwhile, Ojudu had last week cried out that the leadership of the party had perfected plan to suspend him from the party following his criticism of the governor. He said that his ward executives were being pressurized to axe him from the party.
The crisis took a different dimension on Monday when the rice distributed by Ojudu during the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic to the party executives in Ado-Ekiti were returned to his residence after three months of distribution.
Chairman of the ward, Mr. Clement Afolabi, reading the communique on behalf of the executives after their emergency meeting yesterday, said that no amount of intimidation and financial inducement from state leaders of the party would make them suspend Ojudu, stressing that the survival of the party should remain the primary focus of all leaders.
He added that the executives aligned themselves with all the issues raised by Ojudu in the interview that all stakeholders should adhere to the constitution of the party and practise the true tenet of democracy associated with the progressives.