The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun, Gboyega Famodun and its Secretary Rasak Salinsile were on Monday suspended by the Osun State Working Committtee.
The suspension was announced by Goke Ogunsola, the APC Legal Adviser in the state, who was accompainied by 11 other members of the OSWC at a news conference in Osogbo.
Ogunsola said members of the OSWC had lost confidence in the party’s chairman and secretary.
“We, therefore, want to state loud and clear that we do not have confidence in the party’s chairman and secretary.
“We hereby pass a vote of no confidence on Prince Gboyega Famodun, and Alhaji Abdul Rasak Salinsile, the Chairman and Secretary of the APC in Osun.
“Finally, we want to inform the head of various security agencies in the state that the lives of members of Integrity Group within APC are being threatened from certain quarters because of their stand against direct primary.
“We appeal to the heads of security agencies in the state to ensure the protection of our lives and property where ever we reside,’’ he said.
But Kunle Oyatomi, the party’s Director of Publicity and Strategy in the state, in his reaction urged members to disregard the alleged suspension of both the chairman and the secretary.
Oyatomi said those who announced the suspension lacked the constitutional power to suspend any party member.
“The APC is calling on all loyal and faithful members of the party to discountenance the frivolous statements made by a few disgruntled members of the executive.
“That statement is absolute nonsense. They have no such right constitutionally to say what they have said and their purpose is purely anti-party.
“Obviously, these members have other interests to protect than what the party stands for.
“The public as well as our members should be informed that the APC is solidly behind our leadership and nothing of the sort is happening inside our ranks.
“Our members are therefore urged to stay calm and resolute and they should not allow themselves to be deceived by people who have the least interest of Osun and APC at heart.
“APC is solid, united and unshakeable,” Oyatomi said.
The APC primary to elect a candidate for the Sept. 22 governorship election is billed for July 19.