Oyo APC rejects crisis speculation ahead of state congress – Politics – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
All Progressives Congress (APC) Oyo State Section Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, dismissed speculation about party disunity and crises ahead of the state convention scheduled for October 16, 2021.
In a statement yesterday, Oke called on party loyalists and members of the public to ignore rumors of an internal crisis at Oyo APC.
He said the rumor of crisis is imagined by some fifth columnists, who don’t mean good for the party and Nigerian society.
The president revealed that the party will hold a stakeholder meeting on Monday, October 11, 2021 to deliberate on the zoning arrangement.
Oke’s reaction follows the insinuation that a former governor of Oyo, Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, had set up a committee to review the zoning of positions and the conduct of the state congress, but this decision was vehemently rejected by the Unity Forum, a group which claimed it was not part of Akala’s arrangement.
The unity group and the progressive branch of the party accused Akala and Senator Teslim Folarin, who defected from the APC not so long ago, of working on a scenario to hijack the party structure, but members of the forum, including former Minister of Communications, lawyer Adebayo Shittu, Senators Ayo Adeseun, Femi Lanlehin, Soji Akanbi and others opposed it.
Shittu, who spoke on behalf of the forum, said they were not consulted before the appointment of the Akala committee members.
Efforts to get the outgoing Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who is also said to be opposed to the alleged manipulations by Teslim and Akala, failed because he did not take his calls or respond to text messages.
Oke’s statement reads: âAs the date for state congresses draws near, the Oyo state chapter announced that it will hold a critical stakeholder meeting on Monday to finalize its deal. zoning planned for the next group of members of the State Executive Committee. No effort would be spared to ensure that all trends, areas and 33 areas of local government are factored into the formation of the new State Executive Committee through a consensus agreement devoid of bias and sentiment.
âAs we advocate for the understanding of all gladiators and stakeholders within the party, we assure that all is well for the progressive family of the state, as little social media noise is expected at a time like this -this. However, we would like to warn all overzealous elements to warn against actions that may arouse fear and suspicion, as we maintain our resolve to only prioritize activities that would be in the general interest of the party only.
âThe critical stakeholder meeting scheduled for this Monday becomes imperative in view of the next state congress, as we want to organize a smooth exercise, as we did at previous neighborhood and local government congresses through the state. In view of this, we will be contacting all the leaders and pillars of our party from Friday, as only those duly invited would be allowed to participate in the meeting.
âWe want party loyalists and members of the public to ignore rumors of an internal crisis at Oyo APC. The rumor of crisis is the figment of the imagination of some fifth columnists who do not mean good for Nigerian society. Party congresses are strictly reserved for political parties in order to strengthen their structures and fulfill certain constitutional obligations. And as a progressive party, we will always work in the best interests of our members and the general public as we are set to return to Agodi Government House in 2023. â