Party asks lawmaker to vacate seat
The Oyo State chapter of Accord Party, has threatened to sue, Ibraheem Bolomope, a member of the state House of Assembly, for dumping the party for the ruling All Progressives Party, APC.
Mr. Bolomope, who represents the Egbeda State Constituency in the state’s legislative arm, announced his defection on the floor of the House last Thursday after the state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, presented the 2014 budget.
The open pronouncement ended months of speculation over his romance with members of his new party.
In its first official reaction to the defection, Accord, at the weekend, said it would drag Mr. Bolomope to court to stop him from parading himself as a lawmaker in the state since he had dropped the party that gave him the privilege.
The party’s State Publicity Secretary, Nureni Adeniran, told journalists in Ibadan that the step has become necessary as party members in Mr. Bolomope’s constituency have formally protested his disloyalty to the party.
He added that the constituents had demanded that he be made to lose the seat so as to replace him with another loyal and committed member.
The Publicity Secretary maintained that except for the request by the members of the party in Mr. Bolomope’s constituency as noted above, the exit of the lawmaker from Accord party “is nothing the party can lose any sleep over, because, he has for a long time proved himself a disloyal and non-committed party member.”
According to Mr. Adeniran, Mr. Bolomope had lost touch with the people he claimed to be representing.
“Not for once did he speak against the actions of the state government that were seen to be contrary to the ideals of Accord Party which sent him, so, to the party, his exit is a good riddance to bad rubbish,” Mr. Adeniran said.
He added that Mr. Bolomope never showed that he had any conscience when the state government was sacking teachers and bulldozing away the people’s means of livelihood, a step, the party said, that affected so many people in his Egbeda Constituency despite repeated calls on him by the party to react.
“As a former state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, one would have thought that he would be at the vanguard of those protecting the interest of workers in the state, but, unfortunately, he was not seen then to be counted and this puts question mark on his claim of being pricked by conscience, he has none”, Mr. Adeniran said.