Protest Rocks Oyo APC Over Impending LG Polls
Following an alleged plan by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to impose his loyalists as candidates in the forthcoming council election in Oyo State, scores of members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state on Monday stormed the party secretariat Oke-Ado, Ibadan, to kick against the plan
The protesters who came with representatives from all the local government areas in the state were chanting ‘no primary election, no election’, ‘no primary election, no APC’ also carried placards to press home their agitations.
The aggrieved APC members who claimed that they were aspirants said they had registered their intentions to contest the council poll with the party, stressing that they would never allow what they described as action that is capable of destabilising the party, but would fight the injustice to a logical conclusion.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: “We shall resist any form of daylight robbery”, “On our party constitution we stand”, “This party belongs to us all”, “APC is our common heritage and not a single individual property”, “Let our charity begins at home”, “No primary election, no LG election”, “Baba Oke, don’t destroy our party”, “No consensus, we want primary”, “Oyegun, please save the soul of the party in Oyo”, “We say no to imposition”,”Please state exco don’t kill the party”, “Let there be internal democracy” among others.
They argued that out of 68 caretaker chairmen and local council development areas for the state, one slot was given each to a former governor and a traditional ruler. The remaining 66 positions were allegedly allotted to loyalists of Ajimobi.
Speaking with journalists, Kamorudeen Kayode Obisesan from Egeda local government who spoke on behalf of the protesters said the exercise was a demonstration of grievances of most members of APC in Oyo state towards the ‘unfortunate experience of the imposition of candidates’ for the forthcoming local government in Oyo state.
Before resulting to open protest against their party, Obisesan informed that the aggrieved members had accessed all internal organs of communication available within the party.
This, he said included a letter of protest and communique issued by concerned members of the party signed by its chairman; Abolade Akinyemi, Gani Alade and the secretary, Barrister Osuolale M. Ishola-Asanke
He said the letter submitted was also attached with a copy of the communique held on February 9 where the same issue was discussed.
He called on the national secretariat of the party to quickly rise up to the occasion and salvage the party from the precipice.
Though the party Secretary, Mojeed Olaoya, said the APC Chairman, Akin Oke, would react appropriately to the protest, an aide of the governor, Moronkola Thomas, described the protesters as dissidents.
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