Labour party expels Doyin Okupe, 11 others over membership dues in Ogun - The People's Voice


Thursday, December 1, 2022

Labour party expels Doyin Okupe, 11 others over membership dues in Ogun

By Afolasade Owotutu, Abeokuta

The Ogun State Executive Council of the Labour Party has announced the expulsion of the Director-General of Peter Obi- Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe, and 11 others for refusing to pay their membership dues, describing the action as a violation of the party’s constitution.

The expulsion was announced on Thursday by the State Chairman of the party, Michael Ashade, during a press briefing in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Speaking at the press briefing, Michael Ashade and the state secretary Feyisola Michael, disclosed that Okupe and others had refused to pay their membership dues, despite repeated reminders that they should validate their membership by updating their financial status.

Ashade alleged that Okupe did not pay his membership dues for six months, and could no longer hold any position in the party adding that Okupe should provide evidence of any payment in respect of membership dues before December 1, 2022, into any bank account of the LP.

“Despite repeated demands from various meetings I had with Dr Doyin Okupe in respect of his mandatory constitutional requirements to fulfil membership status, he has failed woefully in this regard with some others to flagrantly disobey the Constitution of Labour party.

“In line with article 19(3) of the Labour Party constitutional provision, we declare that Dr Doyin Okupe, having failed in the payment of his membership dues for the last six months of joining the party, has forfeited his membership of the party and no longer fit and competent to continue to act as the DG of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

“We hereby notify our National Chairman, Bar Julius Abure and Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, that it’s expedient to obey the Constitution of the party by  immediately appointing another DG for the PCC and that should come from the North to reflect Federal Characters and political balance.”

He warned that any further act of disobedience by any of the affected former party members would be resisted through lawful means of enforcement in the Court of competent jurisdiction, stressing that the SEC of the party was committed to party supremacy as enshrined in the Labour Party constitution.

Those expelled alongside Okupe included Abayomi Collins, Hon. Abel Olaleye, Jagun Lookman, Olori Oluwabukola Soyoye, Gbadebo Fesomade, (former State Treasurer) and Abdulmalik Olaleye (former State Youth Leader).

Others are Jide Amusan( former State Publicity Secretary) Adeshina Wasiu Shojobi (former Asst State Youth Leader), Deborah Adewale, (former  Senatorial Women Leader Ogun  East) and Olatunde Abolade (former Asst State Secretary).

The council, therefore, appointed Theo Igbozuruike as Acting Publicity Secretary, Oladimeji Elizabeth Temidayo, Ag.State Women Leader, Babaseun Ogunyemi, Ag.Dep. State Chairman II, Adebiyi Adekunle, Ag.State Youth Leader and Olaniyi Shobajo, Acting State Treasurer.

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