The Deputy Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Femi Adesuyi, has been suspended.
Adesuyi was suspended over the alleged diversion of palliatives provided by the state government to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
The ZLP chairman had represented IPAC on the committee established by the Osun State Government to distribute food items provided to the state as palliatives by the Federal Government.
The Federal Government’s palliative was aimed at mitigating the impact of the withdrawal of the subsidy regime on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
IPAC, which made the suspension announcement on Saturday, Adesuyi was given 50 bags of rice but only delivered 35 bags and allegedly retained the remaining 15 bags. This prompted the council to establish a committee to investigate the matter.
According to a statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of Osun IPAC, Wale Adebayo and Tosin Odeyemi, Adesuyi’s actions undermined the integrity of the group.
“It was unanimously agreed among the members present during our last meeting that Femi Adesuyi should be suspended for six months.
“This decision aims to uphold the principles of accountability and transparency within our noble council, ensuring that no member is above the laws and regulations set forth by IPAC.
“In light of this resolution, we will be writing to IPAC national body, providing them with a comprehensive explanation regarding the suspension of Femi Adesuyi.”
IPAC also revealed that it will notify the national secretariat of his political party, Zenith Labour Party, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Nigerian Police, Department of State Services (DSS), and Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC).
“This is to ensure that all relevant parties are aware of this action taken by IPAC,” the announcement read.
Adesuyi, the Osun State Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), has dismissed the suspension.
Adesuyi described it as a media trial with no substance.
“I would like to state that the allegation is false and unfounded. Let me state that the 50 bags of rice given were meant for Imole Collaborators and IPAC,” he added.