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Osun Accord Party Denies Suspension Of Chairman

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[08:25, 9/16/2018] Jimoh Akerele: The alleged removal or suspension of the Accord Osun State chairman, Otunba Ayodele Segun Fanibe orchestrated by a pocket state working committee and some acting local chairmen of the party could not be better described than a game of absurdity played by a team of the ‘unaware’ who are ignorant of the position of the law on such unconstitutional adventure they ignorantly embarked upon. It’s just a ruse. It can’t hold. It’s illegal.

Such an action is a calculated attempt to distabilise the party. It was reliably gathered that Fanibe ‘s refusal to join the few executive members in sharing the balance of little proceeds from the sale of governorship intent forms and failure to join them in selling the party to a bigger one culminated in conspiring against him.

“They asked me to share the balance of little money we realised during the recently conducted governorship primary election but I disagreed with them categorically just because we still have a lot of expenses to incurre in the course of governorship electioneering campaign,” Fanibe explained.
He further said, “some unprogressive elements among the state executives in conjuction with a pocket of acting local chairmen have been struggling to negotiate with another party and share the proceeds among themselves at the expense of thousands of innocent members but I rather encouraged them to work with me and other positive minded members to win the governorship election for the party. If I agree with them to sell the party now, it will definitely jeopardize the chances of all our aspirants in the forthcoming elections come 2019. It’s logical. That’s my sin, indeed nothing more. Selling the party at this of in point in time has been their usual business. I joined the party in 2016 to contest the bye election into Ife Central House of Assembly and since then I never relent in promoting it. I won’t allow them to frustrate my efforts as God and majority of our members are on my side, they appreciate the good work I’m doing to promote the party.”

Before Fanibe joined Accord, the party was nonexistent in the state. Fanibe used his own resources to uplift the party to an enviable height. Out of his personal income, he paid for the state party secretariat in Osogbo, paid for almost all the ward and local party offices across the state. He single-handedly financed the first state congress as there was no congress for the past nine years. He raised funds to organize the first ever state submit. He travelled overseas to shop for three governorship aspirants. In the past, Accord has never participated in governorship election. With conceited efforts of Otunba Fanibe and few progressive minded members of the party, 56 councillorship candidates contested last January local government election while he has succeeded in convincing aspirants to contest for Osun East senatorial seat, two for House of Representatives and six for State Assembly across Ife/Ijesa senatorial district unde…
[10:00, 9/16/2018] Jimoh Akerele: Ore, how far?
[10:00, 9/16/2018] Jimoh Akerele: RE: FANIBE’S SUSPENSION :
A GAME OF ABSURDITY PLAYED BY A BUNCH OF IGNORAMUSES

The alleged removal or suspension of the Accord Osun State chairman, Otunba Ayodele Segun Fanibe orchestrated by a pocket of state working committee and some acting local chairmen of the party could not be better described than a game of absurdity played by a team of the ‘unaware’ who are ignorant of the position of the law on such unconstitutional adventure they ignorantly embarked upon. It’s just a ruse. It can’t hold. It’s illegal.

Such an action is a calculated attempt to distabilise the party. It was reliably gathered that Fanibe ‘s refusal to join the few executive members in sharing the balance of little proceeds from the sale of governorship intent forms and failure to join them in selling the party to a bigger one culminated in conspiring against him.

“They asked me to share the balance of little money we realised during the recently conducted governorship primary election but I disagreed with them categorically just because we still have a lot of expenses to incurre in the course of governorship electioneering campaign,” Fanibe explained.
He further said, “some unprogressive elements among the state executives in conjuction with a pocket of acting local chairmen have been struggling to negotiate with another party and share the proceeds among themselves at the expense of thousands of innocent members but I rather encouraged them to work with me and other positive minded members to win the governorship election for the party. If I agree with them to sell the party now, it will definitely jeopardize the chances of all our aspirants in the forthcoming elections come 2019. It’s logical. That’s my sin, indeed nothing more. Selling the party at this of in point in time has been their usual business. I joined the party in 2016 to contest the bye election into Ife Central House of Assembly and since then I never relent in promoting it. I won’t allow them to frustrate my efforts as God and majority of our members are on my side, they appreciate the good work I’m doing to promote the party.”

Before Fanibe joined Accord, the party was nonexistent in the state. Fanibe used his own resources to uplift the party to an enviable height. Out of his personal income, he paid for the state party secretariat in Osogbo, paid for almost all the ward and local party offices across the state. He single-handedly financed the first state congress as there was no congress for the past nine years. He raised funds to organize the first ever state submit. He travelled overseas to shop for three governorship aspirants. In the past, Accord has never participated in governorship election. With conceited efforts of Otunba Fanibe and few progressive minded members of the party, 56 councillorship candidates contested last January local government election while he has succeeded in convincing aspirants to contest for Osun East senatorial seat, two for House of Representatives and six for State Assembly across Ife/Ijesa senatorial district under the platform of Accord.

According to one of the Accord national Executives in Abuja, “such a move lacks constitutional justifications in all ramifications.”

The perpetrators of such ignoble assignment failed to put the following conditions into consideration:
The constitutional procedure on how to remove a party chairman.
The constitutionally required number of members needed to carry it out.
Who is expected to call for such a meeting.
The minimum members of State Working Committee required to sign the paper.
Was their any letter of enquiry before the suspension?
Do acting chairmen have constitutional rights to participate in the process of removing a state chairman confirmed by congress?

It is so ridiculous that none of the conspirators discerned that such a move is an exercise in futility as none of the constituted chairmen is being recognized by the National Independent Electoral Commission or have their names registered in the Accord register both at the state and national levels.

Sadly, this is another attempt to scuttle the progress of the party in order to discourage all intending aspirants who are warming up to contest in different capacities such as senator, member House of Representatives and State House of Assembly in February 2019 general elections. Imagine such a bid at the time when primary elections are a week away. None of those who signed the suspension paper has anything to loose. No one is contesting for any offices from their areas.

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