Admin l Thursday, December 1, 2022
ABEOKUTA, Ogun – The Director-General of the Presidential Campaign Council of the Labour Party, Mr. Doyin Okupe has been expelled from the party.
Okupe and eleven others were expelled by the Ogun chapter of the Labour Party for their alleged refusal to pay membership due up to date
The refusal to pay the membership due is seen as the party as a violation of the party’s constitution.
Addressing journalists at the party secretariat in Ogun State, the LP chairman Michael Ashade and Secretary Feyisola Michael alleged that Okupe and others have refused to pay their membership dues in the last six months, despite numerous notice of debt.
Others stripped of their membership of the party include Abayomi Collins, Hon. Abel Olaleye, Jagun Lookman, Olori Oluwabukola Soyoye, Mr. Gbadebo Fesomade, (former State Treasurer), Mr. Abdulmalik Olaleye (former State Youth Leader), Mr Jide Amusan( former State Publicity Secretary); Mr. Adeshina Wasiu Shojobi (former Asst State Youth Leader); Miss Deborah Adewale (former Senatorial Women Leader Ogun East) and Mr. Olatunde Abolade (former Asst State Secretary).
Ashade who accused Okupe of polarising the party in Ogun State with his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “dissidents political liabilities who are only using LP to revive their political and financial lifelines”, also asked him to provide evidence of any payment in respect of membership dues prior to December 1, 2022.
They also asked the national chairman of the party, Barr. Julius Abure and the party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to obey the party’s constitution by immediately relieving Okupe of his position as DG of PCC and also appoint another DG who should come from the North to reflect federal characters and political balance.
They argued that refusal to pay party dues amounts to violation of Article 9(3)xi of the party’s constitution.
“Only fully registered and financially up-to-date members of the Party shall have the right to vie for office in the Ward Executive, Local Government Area Executive, State Executive Councils and the National Working Committee of the Party or be a delegate to the Congresses and the National Convention”, the LP chairman said.