Rotimi Fashakin described the suspension as illegal.
The national headquarters of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, has condemned the suspension of the state chairman of the party, Kunle Mudashiru, by party leaders in the state.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Rotimi Fashakin, condemned the suspension in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
“Please, discountenance that suspension, it is illegal,” Mr. Fashakin told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.
The Ogun State CPC suspended Mr. Mudashiru, who had been on acting capacity, and inaugurated a caretaker committee headed by his deputy, Talabi Akinbire, to steer the affairs of the party.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported the suspension which was again announced in a statement on Monday the CPC secretary in the state, Godwin Odeyemi.
According to the statement, the decision to suspend the chairman was taken at the general congress of party officials and leaders which took place between June 5 and 7.
It said that the meeting was convened and chaired by the suspended acting chairman, Mr. Mudashiru, during which several allegations bordering on misappropriation of party finances, maladministration and extortion of money from unsuspecting sympathizers of the party were leveled against him
The allegations, it further stated, were made by top members of the party, including Mr. Akinbile, Olatunji Oladosu, Bola Adeyemi, Adeyemi Aderemi, Tony Amos, and others.
The statement said that rather than clear himself of the allegations, Mr. Mudashiru boasted that there was nothing anybody could do to him after which he stormed out of the meeting in contempt of all party officials, leaders and members in attendance.
“The meeting, in accordance with party discipline and rules, therefore passed a vote of no confidence on Mr. Kunle Mudashiru and a motion for his suspension and consequent trial by the party disciplinary was subsequently moved and adopted by the house,” the statement said.
“An acting Chairman in person of Talabi Akinbile, hitherto deputy chair of the party, was immediately appointed in acting capacity until Mr. Kunle Mudashiru is absolved by a disciplinary panel set up to try him.”
The statement also said that an 11-member merger committee was set up in accordance with the national resolution and projection of the party.
The merger committee under the chairmanship of Abiodun Onafuwa was mandated to commence the groundwork towards a successful merger with other parties in the country and to report back to the executive led by Mrs. Akinbile.
Other resolutions adopted by the meeting were that:
-The suspended acting chairman, Kunle Mudashiru is advised in his interest to return all party properties in his custody to the Acting Chair, Mrs. Talabi Akinbile or he will be declared wanted and handed over to law enforcement agency;
-The national leadership of the party, led by Prince Tony Momoh has been officially notified of this development as the party in Ogun State has lost confidence in the neutrality of the southwest chairman of the party to intervene in this matter;
-Any intervention set up directly by the southwest chairman, Rasaq Musa shall not be recognized as he is evidently deemed to be an interested party in the crisis given his spirited effort so far to foist his stooge, Kunle Mudashiru, as a conduit pipe on the party at all cost;
-The party also deemed it imperative to suspend both the former legal adviser, Mr. Taju Idris and publicity secretary, Mr. Sina Oduntan given their various complicity in the misdemeanor of the former chairman and for renting dugs against party officials and leaders; and
-The general public, law enforcement agencies and sympathizers of the party are advised to beware of the antics of the suspended officials of the party.