Ondo APC Exco backs Kekemeke, rejects Adetimehin

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Fifteen executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State have kicked against the appointment of the party's Deputy State Chairman, Ade Adetimehin, as the acting state chairman by APC's national secretariat.

They called for the withdrawal of the letter appointing Adetimehin to avoid a crisis within the ruling party.

In a letter to the party's National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, with copies to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the committee described the unilateral appointment by the national chairman as unconstitutional.

Among signatories to the petition are: Gboyega Adedipe, Lawrence Ogunmoyero, Bobade Omolade, S. B. Ogedengbe, Mrs Toyin Ajinde, Asani, who are party executive members.

The letter confirming Adetimehin as Ondo State APC's acting chairman was issued from the party's national secretariat in Abuja, which accorded him the right to lead the party in the state.

But the aggrieved party executives said: "We have carefully perused the letter of appointment at the meeting we held yesterday (December 5) and have resolved to react to the correspondence.

"During the state congress of our party in 2014, the State Chairman, Isaac Kekemeke, was the only officer elected. All other state officers were elected by consensus.

"All steps leading to the unlawful take-over of the party's secretariat by a section of party officers with the connivance of the 'powers that be' are contrary to the spirit and letter of the party's constitution.

"The required authority and quorum for convening meetings and removing officers of the party were not met and the unlawful take-over of the party's secretariat by a section of the party is a subject of formal complaint to the Southwest Zonal Executive, which has set up a committee to look into the issue."

Already, the committee was said to have visited Ondo State and its report was being awaited.

The aggrieved party supporters said they were dissatisfied with the manner the national secretariat had been handling affairs of the party in the state.

They said a case at the instance of some aggrieved party officers challenging the unlawful and illegal destabilisation of the party was pending at the Federal High Court in Akure.

The petition reads: "There is nowhere in the Constitution of the APC 2014, as amended, is the National Chairman of our party empowered to unilaterally remove or appoint an officer for the party in the state.

"In fact, even the National Working Committee (NCW) cannot do so, except in exercise of its appellate jurisdiction. The power of the NWC is limited to the dissolution of an organ and the constitution of a caretaker committee.

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