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29 Jan 2019

Party Crisis: Councillors Sack Chairman For Supporting Ogun APC Governorship Candidate

The crisis in the All Progressives Congress and Allied People’s Movement in Ogun State on Monday deepened as four councillors reportedly sacked the Chairman of Ogun Waterside Local Government Area, Femi Onanuga.

Onanuga was fired for allegedly declaring his support for the governorship candidate of the APC  in the state,  Dapo Abiodun.

The  PUNCH learnt that the councillors also sacked  Onanuga’s deputy and two other councillors suspected to be working for the APC candidate.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, Onanuga confirmed his “illegal impeachment”.

He disclosed that his crime was that he refused to join forces with Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his supporters in what he termed as  “anti-party activities”.

He said, “I was impeached in just 20 minutes. I don’t know what I did wrong.
“I refused to join the  APM. I refused to be involved in anti-party activities; I told them that I was elected on the platform of the APC. I support President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC candidates.”

He added, “A quorum could only be formed by five councillors  but  four out of six councillors suspended the other two and impeached me and my deputy.”

Meanwhile, the state APC caretaker committee has decried the development, describing it as “illegal” and “tantamount to executive recklessness which would not be condoned”.

The APC condemned the impeachment In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of its caretaker committee in the state, Tunde Oladunjoye.

Oladunjoye alleged that the governor was planning to sack more public servants suspected to be supporting  Abiodun.

He said, “The APC condemns in totality this intolerant, illegal and provocative act by  Amosun in his desperate and greedy bid to continue to indirectly hold on to  power in Ogun State even after leaving office.”

But the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko,  said the government was not aware of Onanuga’s impeachment.

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