There are indications that the Osun State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) will lift ban on political activities on Monday, May 21.

The party had in 2017 barred aspirants contesting on its platform from publicly declaring their ambitions in order not to distract the government.

The party had on several occasions promised to lift the ban but never did. 
 
The State Chairman of the party, Gboyega Famodun, had in February 2018, while featuring on a radio personality interview programme, said that the ban on political activities announced about two years ago will be lifted in two weeks.

The promise was again dishonoured by the party's leadership.

The delay is already causing apprehension among aspirants seeking to earn the party’s ticket in the September 22 governorship election.

The delay has also pitched the party’s Elders’ Caucus against the party executive.

However, a reliable source within the party leadership told Bounce News in confidence on Thursday that the leadership of the party has agreed to lift ban on campaigns.

Our correspondent gathered that Famodun, on Thursday held a closed- door meeting with other executive members of the party in the state where the decision was taken.

It was further learnt that the party leadership during the meeting agreed to meet all the aspirants wishing to succeed Gov Rauf Aregbesola on Monday.

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At the meeting, which lasted for about four hours, the party Chairman was said to have laid down some guidelines, tagged “the seven commandments”.

According to the source, the party would compel all the aspirants to pay a sum of N500,000 into the party’s purse.

“I can authoritatively tell you that the party leadership will meet with aspirants to discuss modality for campaign and primary in view of array of challenges at hand.

The fees, which according to the source was tagged “I am Committed to APC” is expected to be paid by all the aspirants and is different from the fees for the intention form.

In his reaction, the Director of Publicity of the party in the state, Kunle Oyatomi confirmed that the party leadership would meet all the aspirants contesting the gubernatorial election under the platform of the APC.

Oyatomi said “There is no more shifting, we are a disciplined party and stable. It is not out of fear but an attempt to do the right thing at the right time.

He added that the modalities for the conduct of the party primaries would be extensively discussed at the meeting.

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