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General News of Thursday, 7 October 2021


Fresh crisis hits Oyo APC as Unity Forum kicks against Alao-Akala commitee

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Fresh crisis is currently brewing within the Oyo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), DAILY POST reports.

Our correspondent learnt on Wednesday that a commitee led by a former Governor of the State, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala had set up a commitee to consider zoning of positions and conduct the state congress of the party.

But, a group within the party cherished Unity Forum had said that it was not part of the commitee.

DAILY POST reports that members of the forum included former Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Senators Ayo Adeseun, Femi Lanlehin and Soji Akanbi.

Other members of the forum included former Deputy Governor, Otunba Alake Adeyemo, Chief Abu Gbadamosi, Alhaji Fatsi Ibikunle, Professor Adeolu Akande, former State Deputy Chairman of the party, Alhaji Isiaka Alimi and former Vice Chairman of the party, Chief Goke Oyetunji.

Shittu, who spoke on behalf of the forum, added that the group was not consulted before such commitee members were appointed.

The former Minister in a telephone conversation with DAILY POST Wednesday night, maintained that the forum rejected the commitee.

He added that the forum was not consulted when the committee was allegedly constituted.

He spoke further by saying that the commitee intended to impose itself on the party.

Shittu alleged that the committee has at least five known supporters of a serving senator and gubernatorial aspirant.

“On Wednesday September 29,2021 a three-man delegation of the Unity Forum met with Governor Akala on the need for a single state congress. Governor Akala agreed on the need for a critical stakeholders meeting.

“It was agreed that both sides should generate 13 names for the congress. He indeed sent the list of 13 nominees and consultations were on for the remaining 13 nominees when suddenly there was news of the constitution of a 9- man zoning committee.

“The committee has at least five known supporters of a serving Senator and gubernatorial aspirant, including the Chairman and Secretary of the committee.

“The list only had two nominees from the Unity Forum even when it is public knowledge that the Unity Forum controls majority of party members. To make matters worse, the nominees from Unity Forum were selected by the PDP group without recourse to the Unity Forum.

“There is enough evidence of bad faith in the composition of the 9-man committee. We call on the leadership of the APC at the national level to be watchful of the PDP elements in the APC who appear hellbent on destroying the progressives party in Oyo State.”

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