By Ajibola Abayomi,
A frontline activist and a national leader of Campaign for Democracy (CD, Comrade Ifeanyi Odilli has explained the rationale behind the sacking of the former General Secretary of the CD.
During a chart with The LeadOnline he explained that The National Executive Council (NEC) of the CD has expelled the General Secretary of the group, Mr Obi Goodluck over what its described as uncharitable political campaign for President Mohammadu Buhari’s reelection.
According to him, the expulsion was announced at a recent NEC of the CD held in Akure Ondo State.
Further to the explaination, a statement made available to The LeadOnline signed by Elder Olaseinde Aina, the Chairman, South West and another member of CD, Comrade Bako Abdul Usman the right group stated thus:
“In recent times, the press flooded the media with Obi wearing Buhari’s T-Shirt with megaphone in his hand calling the unsuspicious members of the public and civil society to queue in to his anti union’s deal to the amazement and embarrassment of many of us.
“Meanwhile, his refusal to acknowledge and respond to all queries issued to him, as well as, failure to appear before the 3 man disciplinary panel headed by the CD National Publicity and Publications Secretary, Comrade Lanre Ogunyinka, despite all entreaties, have not only been worrisome to the organisation, but imperatively, calls for urgent decisive action.
“Consequently, while Goodluck Obi cannot be denied of his fundamental right to belong and hold personal political view or thought, it is indescribable and unimaginable that any one holding the position of General Secretary of CD could stoop so low, and fully engaged in partisan politics in full glare of other members of CD and the general public.
“Having consulted with wide spectrum of opinion leaders and all stakeholders of the Campaign for Democracy CD, the national executive council (NEC) hereby expel Mr. Obi Goodluck from the group as his replacement will be announced at a later date.”
The NEC vowed that it would not sit back and watch the age long collective reputation, integrity and democratic struggles be rubbished on the altar of personal interest, selfishness and be subjected to someone’s whims and caprice.
While reiterating that CD was not a partisan organization, and anyone that contradicts this principle and philosophy would be sanctioned accordingly”. The body reveled further that “the most recent, is the Phone-Call Leak, which the media tagged, “Civil Society Contractor Reveals Money ‘eating’ Plan.
“A social media line reports on this nasty development states: “contrary to the belief that Civil Society groups are concentrated on service to humanity and not profit oriented, a civil society contractor Prince Goodluck Obi in a shocking phone conversation has revealed how he recruits some people in the civil society for personal ‘gain.
“Obi in the phone conversation leaked to pressmen, boasted of how he is in-charge of the “Meeting of the minds of National security” and Police interface.pls He revealed how he has been recruiting the Yoruba “activists”. He also added that the Igbos involved “is me.
“Straightening the record, we are not perturbed by his meeting with politicians or any of the security agencies such as the Nigerian Police; we are only discontented with his anti-organization posture and activities” the statement stated.