Ondo SDP gets new Exco, as Falae’s Faction suspends Agunloye

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

…..Ex-Ondo NUJ Secretary, Adeniyan emerges SDP Secretary.

Few months before the October 10, 2020 governorship election in ondo state, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Ondo state chapter is now being rocked with internal wrangling following the dissolution of the state executives.

The National Secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had yesterday approved the dissolution of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the Ondo State chapter of the party.

While one faction led by Korede Duyile who is loyal to the party’s former National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, has however nominated the state legal adviser, Mr Thomas as the state Acting Chairman after the resignation of Duyile.

According to a letter signed by the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam, addressed to the State Chairman, Chief Korede Duyile, the dissolution of the SWC is one of the measures to strengthen the party’s administration and activities of the Ondo State chapter in order to maintain the position of the SDP in the political landscape of the State.

The National Working Committee has approved the dissolution of the Ondo State Working Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Korede Duyile. A new Caretaker Committee of eleven members has therefore been constituted for the State, with Hon. Oladele Ogunbameru as Chairman and Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan as Secretary.

Duyile has however confirmed his resignation as the state Chairman but at a meeting in Akure, declared Ogunbameru’s emergence as illegal.

The Duyile’s group has therefore suspended the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Prof Olu Agunloye for alleged anti-party activities.

Announcing the suspension, the party’s spokesman, Mr Remi Layiwola told newsmen on telephone that Agunloye, a former Minister of Defence and ex-FRSC Boss had been suspended.

Agunloye is yet to react to the alleged suspension as at the time of filing-in this report, but reacting, the party’s State Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan said the suspension was illegal.

“Please kindly ignore this. Duyile cannot resign after his exco has been dissolved by the national Secretariat.
Where have you seen an outgoing state leadership appointing it’s own successor without the approval of the national Secretariat?

“You have the documents with you, please ask for their approval to suspend a deputy national chairman or appoint an acting chairman.
Here is the copy of the letter already dispatched to and accepted by INEC and all the security agencies in the state,” Adeniyan said.

SDP DISSOLVES ONDO STATE EXCO, APPOINTS CARETAKER COMMITTEE

The National Secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) yesterday approved the dissolution of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the Ondo State chapter of the party.

According to a letter signed by the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam, addressed to the State Chairman, Chief Korede Duyile, the dissolution of the SWC is one of the measures to strengthen the party’s administration and activities of the Ondo State chapter in order to maintain the position of the SDP in the political landscape of the State.

To this end, the National Working Committee has approved the dissolution of the Ondo State Working Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Korede Duyile. A new Caretaker Committee of eleven members has therefore been constituted for the State, with Hon. Oladele Ogunbameru as Chairman and Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan as Secretary.

Adeniyan is a publisher, Trace News Magazine and former Ondo state Council of NUJ.

Ogunbameru, who hails from Okitipupa local government area of the state, is a former State Secretary of the party, while Adeniyan, who hails from Akure South local government area, was the candidate of the party for the Ondo State House of Assembly in Akure South Constituency 1 in the 2019 general elections.

The other members of the committee selected from each of the nine Federal Constituencies in the State are Chief Sola Omojuwa, Mr. Oyibo Priye, Princess Olayinka Raji, Mr. Tunde Alejo, Mr. Rotimi Akinde, Mr. Femi Akinmurele, Mr. Bola Osho, Mr Sunday Adedoyin and Mr Remi Oluwatuyi.

The mandate of the Committee is to find pragmatic procedures for accomplishing reorganisation and streamlining of the Party’s operations in accordance with guidelines from the National Secretariat and to ensure massive recruitment of fresh members especially youths and women across the State.

The Chairman of the new Committee, Hon Dele Ogunbameru, has thanked the outgone State Working Committee and pledged to be fair and proactive in all the activities of the Committee, adding that “we shall quickly set to work by implementing a decentralised method of operations and engagements to provide our great party with a face-lift through robust consultations, mobilisation and workable strategies that will make SDP more attractive to all”.

The Chairman stressed that the Committee is poised to give the youths and women enabling atmosphere to thrive abundantly and guarantee robust support to SDP candidates in the forthcoming Local Government and Gubernatorial elections in the state.

The Caretaker Committee will be officially inaugurated by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Dr. Olu Agunloye, and shall run the affairs of the party in the state until a new State Working Committee is inaugurated by the National Secretariat of the party.

This development has been communicated to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and other relevant stakeholders.

The National Chairman reposes much confidence in all the members of the Committee and expects that they will take this assignment with seriousness and devotion.

In the meantime, the erstwhile State Chairman, Chief Korede Duyile, has been saddled with the responsibility of organising Elders of the Party to harness the contributions of this group to the development of the Party in the State.

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