The Southwest All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday condemned plans by some members of the party in Ondo State to discredit the presidential reconciliation committee chaired by Chief Bisi Akande.
The National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Pastor Bankole Oluwajana, said it was worrisome that some chieftains have passed a vote of no confidence on the panel headed by a man of honour and integrity.
Oluwajana said in a statement by the Zonal Publicity Secretary, Karounwi Oladapo, warned the Unity Group, led by former Ondo State Deputy Governor Ali Olanusi to desist from blackmailing the highly esteemed party elder.
The statement reads: “Our attention of the South West leaders of APC was drawn to a communique of the meeting of a group, named Unity Group, in Ondo State Where the convener and leader of the group, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, was credited with a statement that pass a vote of no Confidence on the APC National Reconciliation Committee with a direct attack on the Chairman of the Committee, Chief Bisi Akande, alleging that he was on the payroll of Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu.
“The allegations were frivolous and uncharitable.
“The APC leadership was shocked and hugely embarrassed that a supposed member of APC can publicly cast aspersions and throw muds at Chief Bisi Akande whose greatest asset is his unblemished name and untainted integrity.
“This can only come from a member who joined APC midway and had not been indoctrinated to the ethos and tradition of the progressives, especially in the South West, where we hold our leaders in high esteem.
“The party leadership will visit any member who disparages APC leaders with severe sanctions and the full weight of the APC Constitution on discipline will be brought to bear on such individuals or group of persons, however how highly placed.
“APC is not a lawless party. Members can criticize and disagree with the leaders on principles and opinions but no members have the latitude to attack the personality of the leaders, assassinate their character and bring them to public ridicule
“Chief Bisi Akande is the foundation and pioneer National Chairman of APC and one of the best in the South West going by his track records and spotless character. He deserves respect from all at all times.”
“The Southeast APC leaders hereby pass a vote of confidence on Chief Bisi Akande and its newly inaugurated National Reconciliation Committee.”