Osun State Chapter of the Labour Party (LP) on Tuesday suspended its Chairman, Comrade Bello Adebayo for alleged mismanagement of N34 million meant to be disbursed for party activities before the Party presidential election in the state.
As a result of the action, the party has however appointed its new acting Chairman in the person of Mrs. Suzan Oluwayemi Ojo with a marching order to proceed with the party assignment.
Announcing the state party Chairman’s suspension at a press conference in Osogbo, the chairman of Ward 12, Osogbo Local Government area Osogbo where he belongs, Hon. Hameed Sheriff together with seven other ward executives, accused Bello of defrauding the party and also mismanaging its resources.
He, however, said, “having met the two third of ward level executives. Having found Bello Adebayo committed the categories of offences. We are to act according to the constitution of our party. Labour Party.”
“Article 19 1b, subsections 2, 45 and Article 19 2b subsection 3: Of continuously being absent at the meetings at the ward “level without cogent reasons for 10 times or more consecutively, carrying out anti-party propaganda or any other activities which could tend to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient organization of the party of which are inconsistency with the achievement of the aims of the party”.
“Due to the offences committed, we hereby suspend Bello Adebayo as a member of the Labour Party in Ward 12 Osogbo Local Government and also, as the state party chairman.”
Also, in her own speech at the programme, the acting Chairman of the party, accused the suspended chairman of duping the party saying Bello duped the Osun LPPCO twice. Firstly, Osun LPPCC had painstakingly set up 8 committees combining the Obidient Movement with candidates and party members from all local governments. As the Chairman, the LPPCC trusted him with N4 Million Naira for Peter Obi Rally at Osogbo.
“He absconded with the funds, leading to the terrible attack by supporters on the LPPCC offices. During this terrible attack on the LPPCC office, the aggrieved supporters had already bought petrol to burn the office donated to the party. ”
According to her, “it is, unfortunately, the Osun Labour Party’s fault for allowing Bello to dupe them the second time.
Having given himself a very bad reputation among the Obidients, Candidates and Party leaders, he had to rely on the goodwill of LPPCC to get people/polling unit agents to submit Form EC8A after the elections, and before the LPPCC decided to work with him, he promised that those who submitted these forms would be compensated.”
“After submission, he was thereafter given N30M to pay polling unit agents that submitted Forms EC8A.
Now the leaders of LPPCC are being chased around by those who submitted these Forms, while Bello had collected and cornered their funds. You can verify all these from any LP member in Osun State. Such is the despicable character of Bello and his co-travellers. And these tell you more about the interloper called Bello Adebayo. He should explain to the public how he spent the N30 million sent to him after the presidential elections.”