The State Executive Council(SEC) of the Labour Party in Ogun State has declared that the Director – General of Peter Obi – Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Dr. Doyin Okupe, and 11 others are no longer bonafide members of the LP in the state.
The SEC cited violation of the party’s constitution regarding payment of membership dues as reason Okupe and others could not continue to be members of the LP.
Addressing reporters in Abeokuta, the state capital at the end of its meeting on Thursday, the state chairman; Michael Ashade and Feyisola Michael; State secretary, alleged that Okupe and others have refused to pay their membership dues, despite repeated reminder that they should validate their membership by updating their financial status.
In attendance at the press briefing were the National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abayomi Arabambi and other members of LP.
Ashade specifically accused Okupe of polarising the party in Ogun State with people he described as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “dissidents and political liabilities who are only using LP to revive their political and financial life lines.”
He asked Okupe to provide evidence of any payment in respect of membership dues prior to December 1, 2022 into any bank account of the LP.
As a demonstration of their seriousness, he asked the national chairman Barr. Julius Abure and the party Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, to obey the party’s constitution by relieving Okupe of his position as D – G of PCC immediately and appoint another DG for the body, who should come from the North to reflect federal characters and political balance.
Ashade hinged the action on article 9(3)xi of the party’s constitution providing that “only fully registered and financially up to date members of the Party shall have the right to vie for office in the Ward Executive, Local Government Area Executive, State Executive Councils and the National Working Committee of the Party or be a delegate to the Congresses and the National Convention.”
He said, “Article 9(3)iii of our Party’s Constitution states as follows: ‘only members who pay their monthly membership dues at rates prescribed shall be deemed to be bonafide members of the Party. Arrears of dues of up to six months shall lead to forfeiture of membership.’
“Despite repeated demand from various meetings I had with Dr. Doyin Okupe in respect of his mandatory constitutional requirements to fulfill membership status, he has failed woefully in this regards with some others to flagrantly disobey the constitution of Labour party.
“… In line with article 19(3) of the Labour Party constitutional provision, we declare that Dr. Doyin Okupe, having failed in the payment of his membership dues for the last six months of joining the Party, has forfeited his membership of the Party and no longer fit and competent to continue to act as the DG of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
“We hereby notify our National Chairman Bar Julius Abure and Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, that it’s expedient to obey the constitution of Labour party by immediately appoint another DG for the PCC and that should come from the North to reflect Federal Characters and political balance.”
The state chairman listed those striped of their membership as Dr. Doyin Okupe, Abayomi Collins, Hon. Abel Olaleye, Jagun Lookman, Olori Oluwabukola Soyoye, Mr. Gbadebo Fesomade, (former State Treasurer) and Mr. Abdulmalik Olaleye (former State Youth Leader).
Others are Mr. Jide Amusan( former State Publicity Secretary) Mr. Adeshina Wasiu Shojobi (former Asst State Youth Leader), Miss Deborah Adewale, (former Senatorial Women Leader Ogun East)
and Mr. Olatunde Abolade (former Asst State Secretary).
He warned that any further act of disobedience by any of the affected former party members would be resisted through lawful means of enforcement in the court of competent jurisdiction, stressing that the SEC of the party was committed to party supremacy as enshrined in Labour Party constitution.
He further warned that legal would taken against the national chairman, Barr. Abure and the presidential candidate, Peter Obi, if they failed or foot – drag to relieve Doyin Okupe of his position in the party’s campaign council.
To filled the positions of those whose membership of LP were terminated, the State Executive Council approved their replacement in acting capacity since nature abhor vaccum.
The council therefore appointed Mr. Theo Igbozuruike as Acting Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Oladimeji Elizabeth Temidayo, Ag.State Women Leader, Babaseun Ogunyemi, Ag.Dep. State Chairman II, Mr. Adebiyi Adekunle, Ag.State Youth Leader and Mr. Olaniyi Shobajo, Acting State Treasurer.
People in the Photograph: L -R, Dr. Abayomi Arabambi, State Chairman; Ashade Michael and state secretary, Feyisola Michael.