By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
A simmering crisis that has been rocking the Ogun State chapter of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) since last year deepened on Monday as the Chairman of the party, Mrs Oluwafunmilayo Iredele Ogini, was suspended for alleged anti-party activities, with the affected woman countering that the party’s 2015 gubernatorial candidate, Otunba Rotimi Paseda, is also guilty of the same offence.
The state party Secretary, Alhaji Moruf Popoola, told journalists at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta that in accordance with the provision of the party’s constitution, the Executive members of the party recommended her suspension from office with immediate effect pending the party’s forthcoming congress.
While urging the suspended chairman to refund the said money, the Secretary disclosed that executive members also directed that she shouldn’t be allowed to hold any party post for the next one year and subsequently announced Mr. Kayode Adeogun as the Acting State Chairman.
But reacting quickly to her porported suspension, Ogini insisted that she remained the state chairman and described her purported suspension as a “political blackmail.”
She accused the party’s 2015 Governorship candidate, Otunba Rotimi Paseda, of hobnobbing with other political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Ogini stated that she would soon file a case at the court against Paseda, arguing that she remains the party’s chairman until the court rules otherwise.
While giving reasons why Ogini was suspended, Poopola explained that Ogini was also suspected to be working for other political parties.
“In view of all the evidence and guilty plea taken by the respondent; we found her culpable on two count charges.”
“She (Ogini) must refund the tax (payers’) money by her or by the party, to protect the name and the integrity of the party. She will not also be allowed to hold any party post for the next one year”, he said.