Plan by the Oyo state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and over twenty (20) gubernatorial aspirants under the party to reduce the number of the aspiring to three (3) for indirect primary failed as no concrete conclusion was achieved on Tuesday.
It could be recalled that similar such meeting were held at Government House last Saturday and Sunday without achieving the aim of the meeting.
As a continuation of the plan, the aspirants were also called to another meeting on Tuesday called to another meeting at the state party secretariat located at Oke Ado in Ibadan, the state capital in order to pick among three aspirants among over twenty aspirants whom the party would adopt as the consensus aspirants to participate in the indirect primary later this month.
At the meeting which was held behind closed doors for over three hours were Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state, Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo, State party Chairman, Chief Akin Oke and Secretary of the party, Hon. Mojeed Olaoya.
Others are over twenty gubernatorial aspirants of the party among whom were; Alhaji Kehinde Isiaka Olaosebikan, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan; Mr. Joseph Tegbe; Dr. Olusola Ayandele; Mr. Kareem Ayodeji; Mr. Kolawole Asanike and Professor Soji Adejumo.
Others are Mr. Olalekan Alli; Mr. Isacc Omodewu; Mr. Soji Eniade; Mr. Bayo Adelabu, Mr. Akeem Agbaje and Mr. Sunday Dare.
Those that were absent at the meeting include Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu; former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Chief Niyi Akintola and Dr. Owolabi Babalola.
It was reliably gathered that Shittu and Owolabi had already obtained their nomination and expression of interest forms.
Ajimobi prior to the Tuesday’s meeting which he promised would last for about ten minutes but later took them over three hours, had promised the gathering that he would meet with the aspirants where they will all agree to pick three aspirants as the consensus aspirants of the party for the primary election.
He said that the three aspirants will later slog it out among themselves indirect primary.
According to him, “Basically, our objective is to move a motion for our party to progress. Today, we want to have a motion. Therefore, being here is simply to move that motion.
“All what we are saying is that, APC is the party in Oyo state. We parade the highest number of aspirants, not only the highest number, we parade the best in quality. And we have every cause to be proud. I want you to know that all of you in this party, you are lucky Nigerians.
“I want you to know that those who left our party are traitors and those who joined out party are comrades. I repeat it, those on the other side who left our party are traitors and those on the other side and joined our party are the patriots. Let everybody struggle to find money for posters because anyone who does not have money for posters is wasting his time. I want someone to move a motion for the adjournment of this meeting.
“I will have a meeting with the aspirants, ten minutes, and I will have a meeting with other aspirants for Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly. Ten minutes each, It will not be more than ten minutes each, the gubernatorial aspirants will agree and pick three aspirants among themselves as consensus candidates of the party”.
But, despite the promise, the aspirants failed to produce three aspirants among themselves at the end of the meeting that lasted for over three hours.
It was observed that many of the aspirants frown their faces while steeping out of the meeting expect two of them whom it was learnt were favoured during the meeting.
The meeting it was learnt could not agree on the three aspirants as postulated by Ajimobi before the meeting.
Ajimobi while addressing journalists after the meeting added that the party will have no option than to allow the aspirants go to the primary election if they cannot produce the three consensus aspirants among themselves.
“Let them go and agree among themselves, but if they cannot agree, they will go to the primary election”.