The Osun State Chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the ward level has suspended the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Kolapo Alimi.
Alimi is a senior legislative aide to the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and a former aide of Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who was governor of Osun State for two terms.
His suspension was made known in a letter jointly signed by Elerinsi Ward 9, Irepodun South Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Erin-Osun.
In the suspension letter jointly signed by 18 wards executives, including the chairman; vice-chairman, and PRO; Adebayo Tajudeen; Ibiyemi Kayode, and Adebayo Abdulgafar respectively, Alimi was suspended for “various anti-party activities”.
“We reviewed the various anti-party activities of Barrister Kolapo Moruff Alimi and we concluded that he is due for suspension.
“As the elders and stakeholders of the party have been duly carried along and he is hereby suspended from the party, APC.” the letter read.
Among the eighteen ward executive officers who signed the suspension letter are Organizing Secretary, Ibrahim Saida; Ass Treasurer, Israel Pitter and Mruf Ajimoh, Ex officio 1, among others.
In his swift reaction to the suspension, Barrister Alimi described the suspension as a ruse, null and void.
According to him, the act was a conspiratorial one to achieve their aim affirming that, there was no need for the action because, “there was no allegation against me, I was never invited by any committee for a fair hearing.”
“Article 21 of our party Constitution stated that they must give the member a fair hearing and inform the Governor before they can suspend him or her but none was done. I am one of the founders of The Osun Progressives (TOP) and they can’t single me out.”