The three-member panel that the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, set up to investigate its ‘suspended’ chairman, Isaacs Kekemeke, has recommended his removal.
The committee, headed by Adesanya Abayomi, who is also the party’s Publicity Secretary, in its report obtained by PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday said it found Mr. Kekemeke guilty of all the charges levelled against him.
The panel was constituted on June 1, after Mr. Kekemeke was controversially suspended by some members of the state executive committee, on allegations of gross misconduct and anti-party activities.
It will be recalled that Mr. Kekemeke said the panel was illegal and refused to appear before it.
He also protested his purported suspension and petitioned the south west zonal headquarters of the party, calling for its intervention. The zonal leadership has, however, not taken any action.
Mr. Kekemeke blamed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for the crisis, saying the governor was trying to get back at him over the controversies that attended the governorship primaries of the party last September.
The chairman also petitioned the Commissioner of Police detailing the efforts of the panel in breaking into his office with a view to vandalise it and plant fetish items in it.
But the panel in its review of evidence and conclusion, berated Mr. Kekemeke for his conduct during its sittings when he failed to receive the summons served on him and allegedly asked his staff at his law office to assault party staff who attempted to serve him the letters of invitation.
“Such conducts call to question the reasonability and responsibility of such a man. It is indeed very appalling and a sad commentary in our party history in the State,” the report stated.
“We wonder what Hon. Kekemeke would lose by accepting the invitation letter and responding, either in person or through his lawyer. He chose not to do this, but to engage in crude and unrefined conduct not expected of a man of his status in the society.
“The Committee is satisfied with the uncontroverted pieces of evidence given by the witnesses. The evidences were thorough, coherent, straightforward, cogent, compelling and very convincing.
“The allegations of highhandedness, dereliction of duty and anti-party activities were duly established by the witnesses. The Financial Secretary gave copious pieces of evidence as to the financial recklessness of Hon. D. I. Kekemeke.
“It was established beyond any shadow of doubt that Hon. D. I. Kekemeke instigated and instructed members of the Party to work for Alliance for Democracy in the November 26th, 2016 governorship election.
“His inability to call State Working Committee (SWC) for almost a year is an indication of his unwillingness to move the party forward. The evidence that he was prepared to take on the State Government is, to say the least, very undeserving.
“The 3-man Committee is therefore convinced and well satisfied that Hon. D. I. Kekemeke is guilty of all the allegations of gross misconduct, dereliction of duty, financial impropriety and anti-party activities as stated in the uncontroverted evidences of the witnesses.”
In its recommendation, the panel said while Mr. Kekemeke was found guilty of all the allegations, he should be made to resign as chairman of the party within seven days in the spirit of reconciliation.
“Where he fails, refuses, and neglects to voluntarily resign within the time limit given above, his action or inaction should be taken as removal from office, in pursuant to Article 21(D)(i)(e) of the APC Constitution, October, 2014, as amended,” the report said.
The report was signed by members of the panel, Abayomi Adesanya, as chairman; Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, secretary, and Rasheed Badmus as member.
Mr. Kekemeke did not, however, pick calls made to his phone line for his reaction to the report.
He also did not respond to a text message requesting his response to the panel’s report.