The ongoing reconciliation of the various factions with the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State seems to be far from over.
Even though leaders of the party claim the battle is over, the recent exchange of words between the Unity Forum and loyalists of former governor Alao Akala indicates that the internal crisis tearing the party apart is still very fierce.
Following the enlarged stakeholders meeting of the party held at the residence of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, in Ibadan, on Sunday, there were reports in some sections of the media that Alao Akala had been appointed the leader of the party in the state. However, the Unity Forum of the party denounced the report swiftly describing it as a misleading one.
In a statement jointly signed by four of its leaders namely Senator Soji Akanbi, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin,Senator Ayoade Adeseun, and Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, the Unity Forum said the report did not correctly capture what happened at the meeting held at the residence of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State in Ibadan on Sunday,September 20, 2020.
The Unity Forum contend that the nature of the meeting as agreed at the peace meeting earlier held in Abuja was subverted when members of the SENACO/ADP/PDP axis of the APC flooded the meeting with about 60 members contrary to the 15 representatives that convener claimed had been invited to the meeting.
The statement also corrected the claim that Akala was appointed the Leader of the party at the meeting.
“The truth is that Governor Fayemi proposed the composition of an advisory council of elders with Otunba Akala as Chairman. When attempts were made by some contributors that Otunba Akala be made the Leader of the party in the state,this was vehemently opposed on two grounds:. One, that the constitution of APC does not make a provision for a Leader. Second, that given the recent experience of the party with dictatorial leadership,the council of elders should provide collegiate advisory leadership for the party instead of creating another possible dictator. This position became the popular theme in subsequent contributions.
The opinion was so overwhelming that in his closing remarks, Otunba Akala angrily rejected the offer to be Chairman of a council of elders. He said he was only ready to be Leader of the party. The meeting however went ahead to resolve that Akala be Chairman of the council while the two surviving former deputy governors in the party and Chairman of the party, Chief Akin Oke, be made automatic members of the council. They are to consult elders of the party in Oyo Central and Oyo South Senatorial zones to nominate three members each into the council.
“Efforts to elect the representatives at the meeting were resisted as there was no equal representation of stakeholders of the party at the meeting. At this point,it became evident why members of the SENACO/ADP/PDP axis flooded the meeting under the guise of being stakeholders of the APC.
“Besides, the meeting in Ibadan was on the directive of the National Reconciliation Committee of the APC. The outcome of the meeting is to be reported to the committee which will in turn report to the National Caretaker Committee of the party for final decision. What ,then ,is the basis of the premature announcements of unfounded outcomes if there has not been a grand plan to hijack the party for God knows reason?
“We call on members of the APC in Oyo State to discountenace the false claims on the peace initiative in the party. The cacophony of voices that has trailed the meeting is a confirmation that the Sunday meeting has worsened rather than help resolve the crisis in the APC in Oyo State”,the statement concluded.
But in what was a well-taken slight dig at leaders of the Unity Forum, A former financial secretary of the party, Alhaji Kayode Adanla described them as opportunists .
He stated that those opposed to the leadership of former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala as the leader of the party are on a mission to destabilize the party.
Adanla maintained that he was not aware of any opposition to the decision taken to make Alao-Akala the party leader, affirming that all issues affecting the party in the state were collectively resolved by all present at the meeting.
Alhaji Adanla also described the four signatories to the statement released by the unity forum as parasites who are using the already resolved crisis to make money from politicians from outside the state.
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