In a move to wither the influence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the national leadership of the party has dissolved the Chief Segun Oni led South west zonal executive committee and also removed Chief Bode Mustapha as the National Auditor.
Though the leadership of the party cited court judgments, as the reasons for the action, it was obvious that it was done to curb the excesses of Obasanjo. Bode Mustapha, Oni and other South West Executives were believed to have been anointed by former President Obasanjo in March last year.
The National leadership of the PDP in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, explained that as a law abiding institution, it became imperative to adhere strictly to the ruling of the Appeal Court which had sacked them.
The PDP also yesterday put in place a 17-member Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of South West Zone of the party. The Committee which has Ishola Filani as Chairman, has Chief Pegba Otemolu as Zonal Secretary; Adedeji Doherty as Organizing Secretary; Rasak Adekonla Akanni as Auditor; Bolaji Jeje as Youth Leader; Orimolade Olanrewaju as Treasurer; Olawunmi Oshinmoluke Yuba, as Woman Leader; Banji Obasanmi as Financial Secretary; Barrister Shola Oludipe, as Legal Adviser; Lawal Waheed Olatunde as Publicity Secretary; Emmanuel Oladejo as – Ex-Officio; Olalekan Abubakar as Ex-Officio; Seun Adesanya, as Ex-Officio; Samiu Babatunde, as Ex-Officio; Prince Tope Ademiluyi, as Ex-Officio; Tunde Olowofoyeku, as Ex-Officio and Prince Omoniyi Alo, as another Ex-Officio.
The statement read, ‘’The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party has announced the constitution of a Caretaker Committee to pilot the affairs of the South West Zone of the Party pending the conduct of the Zonal Congresses. The 17 member committee is headed by Barrister Ishola Filani as Zonal Chairman.’’
The removal of Mustapha is coming more than eight months after Justice Charles Archibong of the Federal High Court in Lagos voided his appointment as the National Auditor of the PDP on the grounds that he was not qualified for the office and against the backdrop that he was not a Chartered Accountant.
It will also be recalled that Justice Charles Archibong had ordered that the PDP, its National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, and the then National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to appoint Alhaji Fatai Adewole Adeyanju, being a qualified chartered accountant and nominated for the office at the state congress of the party in Ogun State.