The Ogun State chapter of the Labour Party has expelled the Director General of party’s Presidential Campaign Council, Dr. Doyin Okupe, for failure to perform his financial membership status in the past six months contrary to the dictate of the party’s constitution.
This was revealed by the Ogun State Chairman of the Labour Party, Michael Ashade, on Thursday at the secretariat.
Okupe was dismissed alongside Abayomi Collins, Abel Olaleye, Jagun Lookman, Olori Oluwabukola Soyoye, Gbadebo Fesomade (former State Treasurer) and Abdulmalik Olaleye (former State Youth Leader).
The rest are Jide Amusan (former State Publicity Secretary), Adeshina Wasiu Shojobi (former Assistant State Youth Leader), Deborah Adewale (former Senatorial Woman Leader, Ogun East) and Olatunde Abolade (former Assistant State Secretary).
This was part of the resolutions reached at the end of a meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Thursday, where they called for the emergence of a new Director General of Northern extraction to reflect national character and political balance.
“Article 9(3) iii of our Party’s Constitution states as follows: ‘only members who pay their monthly membership dues at rates prescribed shall be deemed to be bonafide members of the party. Arrears of dues of up to six months shall lead to forfeiture of membership,” Ashade said.
He added: “Despite repeated demands from various meetings I had with Dr. Doyin Okupe in respect of his mandatory constitutional requirements to fulfill 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.”
Ashade said their action has become imperative in order to enforce discipline and internal democracy as he accused Okupe of polarising the Labour Party in the South West state “with his crops of PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) dissidents political liabilities who are only using Labour Party to revive their not only irredeemable dead political and financial lives but has successfully stolen all that is available in LP”.