A former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs under Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Kolapo Alimi, has been suspended by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state for alleged anti-party activities.
The suspended APC chieftain is a senior legislative aide to the speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
A letter of suspension signed by leaders of the party in Elerin ‘C’ Ward 09, Erin-Osun, Irepodun South LCDA, under the chairmanship of Adebayo Tajudeen, stated that Alimi was suspended because of his fraternity with the opposition party.
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“We reviewed the various anti-party activities of Bar Kolapo Moruf 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 thereby suspended from the party, APC.”
While reacting to the development, Alimi said the news came to him as a rude shock, saying he would take necessary action immediately he receive the letter of suspension officially.
He stated that he has not been accused of any wrongdoings neither did he appear before any committee to defend himself before his suspension.
“The purported suspension came to me as a rude shock because according to Article 21 of APC Constitution, “suspension” is categorized under “punishment” and before any member could be punished, such a person ought to have been alleged of any form of misconduct against the party and ought to be given the opportunity to defend him/herself.
“In the instant case, nobody has accused me of any misconduct either orally or by writing, formally or informally. And I was not invited by any Committee of our party, either at ward, Local Government level or at State Level to come and defend any allegations whatsoever.
“Meanwhile, I need to state that, I’ve not received the purported letter of suspension, immediately I receive it, I will take appropriate action on it in line with the relevant provisions of APC Constitution and the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.”