By Gbenga Sodeinde, Ado Ekiti
Police have arrested the embattled Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Idowu Faleye over involvement in the issuance of dud cheque issued to pay for the rent of the party’s state secretariat in Ado Ekiti.
Faleye’s arrest is consequence upon a petition written by the owner of the building which serves as the PDP state secretariat, Ropo Adesanya, who was issued a dud cheque which was rejected by an old generation bank based in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ekiti State, Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the arrest of Faleye in a telephone chat with reporters on Thursday, 27th August, 2015 in Ado Ekiti, hinted that he was was arrested at about 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 26th August, 2015 by a special police squad from the Force Headquarters Abuja.
“It is true that he has been arrested, he was arrested by officers from the Force Headquarters who came from Abuja,” the police spokesperson said.
Adesanya, a former state PDP Chairman, who has since defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in May is owed a sum of N1.5 million by the PDP being the rent of one year.
Adesanya, having battled hard to recover the money without success subsequently served the party an eviction notice which did not yield success.
Faleye would have been whisked to Abuja immediately after his arrest but he feportedly pleaded that he be released on health ground to receive medical attention, following which he promised to report to the Force Headquarters on Tuesday, 1st September, 2015 after he might have been examined and certified fit by his doctor.
Former PDP Chairman, Bola Olu-Ojo and Special Adviser to the Governor on Due Process, Segun Akinwumi, signed an undertaking to have Faleye released from detention on Wednesday, 26th August, 2015.
They promised to ensure Faleye that appears onTuesday to submit himself for the commencement of investigation of his complicity in the issuance of dud cheque to the landlord.
The PDP in Ekiti has been polarized into two factions with Faleye leading the faction loyal to Governor Ayo Fayose while Tunde Olatunde chairs the other faction.
The party changed signatories to the account following Faleye’s purported resignation from office on May 12 at a State Working Committee (SWC) held at the party secretariat.
A letter of change of signatories dated May 12 and addressed to the manager of the bank reads: “At the state EXCO meeting of Tuesday, 12/05/2015, a resolution was passed to change our signatories in line with the developments in the party.
“I was mandated to forward the extracts of the minutes to you for necessary action. Let the signatories to our accounts be Mr. Olatunde Olatunde (Acting Chairman) to replace Comrade Idowu Faleye (the suspended Acting Chairman) in line with the party constitution.
“All other signatories like Dr. TKO Aluko (Secretary) and Hon. Adeolu Aluko (Treasurer) remain valid and confirmed.”
Olatunde who was Vice Chairman (North) was appointed Acting Chairman following Faleye’s purported resignation from office but the governor’s faction later moved against the Olatunde-led faction.
Olatunde and three other SWC members-Aluko, Mrs. Busola Oyebode (Women Leader) and Tunji Olanrewaju (Auditor) were first ‘suspended’ before they were later ‘expelled’ after they were tried by a disciplinary committee raised by Faleye.
Meanwhile, the four SWC members have gone to court to challenge their ‘expulsion’ with the matter adjourned to October 14 for the hearing of the matter.