It was drama on Monday in Akure as an investigative committee of the All Progress Congress, Ondo State, tried without success to serve on the embattled chairman of the party, Isaac Kekemeke, a letter inviting him to appear before the committee.
Mr. Kekemeke in turn petitioned the Commissioner of Police, Ondo State, Hilda Harrison, accusing members of the party of invading his office and planning to plant fetish items in the secretariat against him.
Mr. Kekemeke was controversially suspended by other members of the Executive Committee on the grounds that he refused to carry out his duties as chairman of the party and that he was involved in anti-party activities.
The committee also constituted a panel to investigate the allegations levelled against him.
But the chairman insisted that he remained the “only elected chairman” of the party in the state.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered on Monday that staff of the party sent to deliver the letter of summons to the chairman were manhandled when they got to his law office at Alagbaka to deliver the letter.
It was also learnt that the panel decided to use DHL courier service to deliver the letter of invitation, but Mr. Kekemeke refused to receive it.
The letter of invitation, which was signed by the panel’s secretary, Saka Ogunleye, reads as follows: “In pursuant to the decision of the state executive committee of the All Progressives APC, in Ondo state at a meeting held on June 1st, 2017, a fact-finding committee was set up to look at the various allegations levelled against you. The allegations among others include; 1, gross abuse of your office as chairman of the APC PC in Ondo state; 2, financial impropriety; 3, neglect and dereliction of duty as chairman of the party and; 4, anti-party activities among others.
“All of these have caused embarrassment to the party and brought the party to disrepute and public odium.
“You are requested to appear before the committee on Thursday June 8th 2017 at the party secretariat, 17, Oyemekun road Akure by 12 noon prompt.
“You may wish to come with relevant documents that will assist you before the committee.”
Mr. Kekemeke in his petition to the police commissioner, accused the panel members of “unlawful invasion” of his office, “sealing,” and “looting” of the APC secretariat by some members of the panel.
In the petition dated June 5 and addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kekemeke specifically mentioned the names of members of the panel, Abayomi Adesanya, Saka Ogunleye and Rasheed Badmus as having invaded the party’s secretariat.
“I wish to bring to your notice that about 3pm on Friday, 2nd June 2017, certain persons, namely: Abayomi Adesanya, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, Rasheed Badmus, invaded the party’s secretariat at 17, Oyemekun Road, in the company of one policeman and some thugs,” the petition stated.
“They invited the secretariat staff headed by the Administrative Secretary, Mr. Smart Omodunbi and forcefully dispossessed him of the keys to the party secretariat.
“They thereafter chased the staff out of the secretariat, locked it up and took the keys away.
“This is patently criminal, unlawful and illegal as the state secretary of our party is the constitutionally empowered custodian of the party secretariat.”
Mr. Kekemeke further informed the commissioner that considering the ‘antecedent’ of the persons he mentioned in the petition, he had reasons to believe that they had the intentions to loot the office, remove and alter vital documents as well as to plant juju (fetish items) in the premises of the secretariat at ungodly hours.
“I should therefore urge you to use your good office to investigate this complaint and prevent the party’s headquarters from looting and vandalisation,” the petition further stated.
Mr. Kekemeke did not pick calls made to his telephone by our correspondent to respond to accusation of evading service and he also did not respond to a text message sent to him.