The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) has expelled former governorship aspirants of the party, Mrs Jumoke Anifowose and Mr Nathaniel Adojutelegan, for alleged anti-party activities.
Anifowose and Adojutelegan had approached the court to challenge the candidacy of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the governorship primary of the party held in 2019. They lost the legal battle at the Supreme Court.
Anifowose is the daughter of a former governor of the state, Pa Adekunle Ajasin.
Addressing journalists on the decision of the party, on Friday, the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Alex Kalejaiye, said the action of the party on the duo was based on the report of the fact-finding committee set up by the party to look into the allegation.
According to Kalejaiye, the party was not out to witch-hunt any member but only acted on the report of the fact-finding committee.
“Sometime in January, leaders of APC in Igboroko 1, Ward 2, Owo Local Government Area outlined some anti-party allegations against one of its leaders, and indeed a state leader, Chief (Mrs) Jumoke Ajasin-Anifowose. The ward suspended Mrs. Anifowose after investigation, expectedly, and communicated the decision to the local government secretariat.
“On receipt of the letter of suspension, the leadership of the local government did thorough checks on the actions and decision of the ward and, convinced of the propriety of the decision, endorsed the suspension of Mrs. Anifowose, and did communicate the development to the state secretariat.
“We also received series of complaints and anti-party allegations against Mr. Nathaniel Adojutelegan from the leaders in Arigidi Iye Ward 1, Akoko North West Local Government, and that he has been suspended.
“As a lawful and responsible organisation, the State Working Committee deliberated on the allegations and set up a fact-finding committee in line with Article 21 of the Party, to dig into series of allegations against Mrs. Anifowose and Mr. Nathaniel Adojutelegan.
“At the party’s State Executive Committee yesterday, June 3, 2021, and on the strength of the report of the disciplinary committee early set up, the Ondo State APC resolved that Mrs. Jumoke Ajasin-Anifowose and Mr. Nathaniel Adojutelegan be suspended and expelled forthwith from the chapter. The resolution is being communicated to the National Secretariat,” the spokesperson said.
When contacted, Anifowose rejected the action of the party, declaring that she couldn’t be expelled from the party. She also denied involving in anti-party activities.
She said: “They cannot expel me, I’m the one that will expel them when the time comes. Did they expel me? Is it because I fought for my right? They are nonentity in the party, where were they when I was building the party from the scratch? They can’t expel me. I’m ready for them, I’ll fight it to the last.
“Did they query me, did they write me any letter, where is their letter? They just came up now saying they expelled me. They can’t. I didn’t commit any anti-party activity,”she said.