Twenty-six members of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State have been suspended for creating faction within its fold.
The suspension came barely 24 hours after 84 members of the party were expelled for alleged involvement in anti-party activities.
A statement by the Osun APC chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, said allegations against the affected members, who all are supporters of the ex-governor, Rauf Aregbesola, were treated by the Disciplinary Committee of the party, while its findings were deliberated upon by the State Executive Committee.
Prominent among those suspended are; the Secretary to the state government, Mr Moshood Adeoti, and an Executive Director, Business and Marketing NICOMSAT. Abuja, Mr Najeem Salaam, who was Speaker of the State House of Assembly during Aregbesola’s tenure as governor.
The list of suspended members also has Mr. Kunle Ige, Mr. Biodun Agboola, Barr. Gbenga Awosode, Mr. Rasheed Opatola, Hon. Gbenga Ogunkanmi, Hon. Israel Oyekunle, Hon. MBO Ibraheem, Mr. Akeem Olaoye, Hon. Francis Famurewa, Hon. Tajudeen Famuyide, Hon. (Mrs.) Adenike Abioye, Hon. Wasiu Adebayo, Hon. Rasheed Afolabi, Mr. Segun Olanibi, Mr. Tunde Ajilore, Mr Ganiyu Ismaila Opeyemi, Mr Zakariah Khalid, Olaoluwa-South LCDA.
Also on the list are Senator Mudasiru Hussain, who currently serves as Osun State Commissioner of the National Population Commission, ex-Commissioners during Aregbesola’s tenure, Adelani Baderinwa, Sikiru Ayedun and Kazeem Salami.
Others suspended are; the chairman of the defunct The Osun Progressives, Mr. Adelowo Adebiyi, ex-deputy State APC chairman, Mr. Adesiji Azeez, and ex-Assistant Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr Gbenga Akano.
The statement announcing the decision of the party further read, “Following complaints of anti-party activities, the State Executive Committee of the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) constituted a Disciplinary Committee to investigate the allegations against some of its members.
“This disciplinary measure came in response to the allegations of misconduct bordering on factionalization of the party and creating parallel party organ.
“The Disciplinary Committee undertook a thorough and impartial review of the allegations and the findings were carefully deliberated upon by the State Executive Committee.
“As we move forward, we enjoin our members to remain focused on our goals and continue working together to serve the interests of our constituents and our State. Our commitment to transparency, inclusivity, and adherence to our party’s core values remains”