Oyo APC Wards Congress: Group Petitions Buhari Over Alleged Manipulation

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A group within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, The Unity group, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders of the party to call Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state to order over an alleged plan to compromise the conduct of the APC ward congress rescheduled to take place today (Sunday) across the state. 


As member of the House of Representatives, representing Ibadan South East/North East federal constituency, Hon. Adedapo Lam-Adesina has cried out that his life is in danger.


The group in a statement signed by its Secretary, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun on Sunday, accused Ajimobi of pursuing a factional goal inimical to the interest of the party. 


According to him, “Governor Ajimobi is pursuing a factional goals considered inimical to the realization of the overall interest as far the future of the APC was concerned in the Pacesetters State”. 


He warned that “any attempt to frustrate the Congress Committee from Abuja to conduct the Party’s ward congress in a free and fair manner would have dire consequences.


“We are still in shock over what happened yesterday at Oke-Ado when the governor’s men brought hundreds of thugs to maim and kill innocent people during a pre-congress briefing. The thugs suspected to agents of a factional leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) stormed the venue of briefing dangerous weapons and unleashed terror on unsuspecting party members which included a federal minister, National Assembly members, State Executive members among others. 


“The meeting was later held amidst tight security with Ajimobi and other stakeholders in attendance. The Congress Committee team then sought the consent of all the stakeholders to move the ward congress to today (Sunday) in view of the attacks and time wasted on the briefing while aspirants who had already paid stipulated amount of money into designated banks were asked to come for their nomination forms.


“It was later discovered that none of those being sponsored by the governor to occupy party executive positions made payment to any bank before the close of work on Friday and this makes them ineligible to participate as contestants in the Congress. This development left the governor stranded as he had hoped to repeat the shameful imposition he did with the ill-fated local government council poll. 


“When it became clear that the Abuja team would employ due process to exclude aspirants without valid payment evidence from the exercise governor camp immediately began to search for a bank that would accept payment on Saturday and backdate the transactions to reflect the payments were done on Friday. The reportedly failed since no bank executive was ready to play ball for obvious reasons. 


“Still not done with their plan to mar the process, the governor camp made a quick arrangement for the printing of fake nomination form which was delivered to them late in the evening of Saturday. The same fake forms were taken to the Abuja team for endorsement and distribution but the Committee Chairman reportedly declined the bribe offer which put to him to help them in their satanic mission. 


 “Sources have it that the team leader reminded SENACO agents that both the governor and the Party state chairman had informed the APC national headquarters of a consensus arrangement which made Abuja to print single form for each of the available executive posts in all the 351 wards across the state while the same had been given to those who came with their authentic bank tellers as evidence of valid payments. 


“Meanwhile, with the reality of ineligibility dawned on the governor’s camp, those responsible for the Oke-Ado bloody attacks of Saturday have been mandated to recruit more vicious hands and hunt down all genuine APC members across with specific names as major targets. We are also calling on relevant security agencies to be alive to their duty to ensure that lives and properties of all law-abiding citizens are well protected”.


As a fall out of what transpired at the APC party Secretariat on Saturday, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ibadan South East/North East federal constituency, Hon. Dapo Lam-Adesina has alleged threat to his life.


Hon Lam Adesina popularly call Omo Oloore stated this while addressing journalists at the Oke-Ado APC Secretariat, where the lawmaker debunked the insinuation going round that he brought thugs to the venue of the stakeholders meeting preceding the ward congress of All Progressives Congress in the state.


Hon. Lam Adesina explained that the meeting was disrupted by suspected thugs being led a notable Ibadan chief, caused mayhem at the state party secretariat where the meeting was being holding.


The incident led to the vandalisation of the party office, many people sustained injuries, and some vehicles damaged.


The son of the former governor said anybody that knows him would attest that he was not a violent person, adding that if he were to bring thugs to the venue, he would not have been allowed to be mishandled by anybody.


Omo Oloore maintained that those thugs were sponsored, purposely to come and disrupt the exercise.


He noted Governor Ajimobi personally confronted and pushed him when the meeting reconvened.


Hon. Lam Adesina decried the impunity being perpetrated by the power that be in the state, and warned that if anything untoward happens to his life, people should ask the governor.

Raji Adebayo, Ibadan
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