Ondo APC crisis: Kekemeke has been impeached, says committee

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Peter Dada, Akure

The leadership crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress is still unresolved as a three-man disciplinary committee set up to probe the chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, declared that he (Kekemeke) had been impeached.

 Kekemeke has been having a rough time with members of the State Executive Council of the party in recent times as the latter passed a vote of no confidence in him following a series of allegations of gross misconduct.

The SEC set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the chairman and appointed the deputy chairman, Mr. Ade Adetimehin, as the acting chairman

The embattled chairman was alleged to have not been participating in the activities of the party for a long time. He was also alleged to have allegedly involved in anti-party activities in the last governorship election in the state, which was won by the party’s candidate, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu.

 Kekemeke, who had complained to the South-West zonal office of the party over the matter, however, said he was never removed as the chairman, maintaining that the action of the SEC against him was against the constitution of the party.

 A member of the three-man committee, Mr. Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, who spoke with our correspondent on Saturday, said Kekemeke had been removed after the expiration of seven days given to him to resign.

 He noted that the committee had informed the national secretariat of the party of its decision, saying it (committee) was waiting for the ratification of the national secretariat on the development.

 Yusuf-Ogunleye said, “The committee gave him (Kekemeke)  seven days to resign and if he fails to resign at the expiration of that seven days, he is assumed to have been sacked from office. Now that he fails to resign, he has been automatically removed from office; we only gave him a soft landing.

 “He has been found guilty of the allegationslevelled against him, so the party has decided that they don’t want him again, they have passed a vote of no confidence in him, so he has been removed from office. The provision of our constitution is clear about that.”

 When contacted on the telephone, the embattled chairman declined to comment, saying “I am sleeping.”

Meanwhile, the acting Chairman of the party, Adetimehin, has decried the absence of the portraits of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Akeredolu at the party secretariat in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

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