The crisis rocking Oyo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken another dimension as the two groups battling to control the party submitted two separate lists of state executive to the national secretariat of the party.
DAILY POST recalls that the party had on Saturday, October 30, 2021 had its state congress.
The congress, which produced former commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr. Ajiboye Omodewu as Chairman, was however boycotted by some chieftains of the party.
The aggrieved members alleged that the delegates’ list has been manipulated.
It was gathered that the delegates who were sent to the state from Abuja had submitted the list of those who emerged at the congress held at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke Ado, Ibadan.
The list has Ajiboye Omodewu as Chairman and Mrs Tinuade Adigun as woman leader.
Our correspondent however learnt on Wednesday that the second group led by the outgoing Chairman of the party, Chief Akintola Oke had submitted another list to the national secretariat of the party.
It was gathered that Oke summited the list to the national secretariat of the party this week.
The list of the second group had Chief Abu Gbadamosi as Chairman and Mrs Omobola Odekunbi as woman leader.
Our correspondent gathered from members of the party that the two lists have been submitted to the national secretariat of the party, even though the second group did not conduct any congress.
Our correspondent learnt that the national secretariat of the party is currently at crossroads over which list is to recognise.
You’ve dug your political grave – Ubani to Otti over planned defection to ADC
Former Commissioner of Information and Strategy in Abia State and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Abia Deputy Governor, Chief Don Ubani, has taken a swipe at Alex Otti over his ambition to be governor.
DAILY POST recalls that Alex Otti, who was the ex-Group Managing Director (GMD) of the defunct Diamond Bank and gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2015 and 2019 decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) late last year.
Ubani in a statement on Wednesday, reminded Otti that his desperation and vaulting ambition to become Abia governor will continue to elude him, insisting that the APC chieftain has finally dug his political grave with the latest plan to join again the African Democratic Party (ADC) ahead of 2023 general election in Abia State.
“Otti contested for Governorship of Abia State in 2015 on the platform of APGA. In conformity with political realities in Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of PDP gave him a beating of his life from which recovery has become obviously difficult, if not impossible.
“Being not a sport’s man, Mr Alexander Otti, driven by inordinate ambition, overstretched the peaceful ambiance for which Abia State had been known by embarking on frivolous litigations against the victorious Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu. All said and done, Mr. Alexander Otti failed. The only achievement he was able to record was that he came a very distant second to Governor Ikpeazu in 2015.
“In 2019, Mr. Alexander Otti still ran on the platform of APGA. That time around, he came a very humiliating distant third position, trailing only behind Dr. Uche Ogah of All Progressives Congress, APC, who came next to Governor Ikpeazu,” Ubani said.
“Even though he knew he had no locus standi, he desperately went to challenge Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s victory in Court. He was so confused, dejected and frustrated that the Appeal Court described and dismissed him as a ‘Meddlesome Interloper and Busy Body”.
Continuing, Ubani stated, “Still blindfolded by a vaulting ambition to be Governor of Abia State in 2023, Mr. Alexander Otti moved to his third party, APC. Feeling that APC, though the worst Political Party that had ever been birthed in Nigeria, being the ruling party in the country would make it possible for him to achieve his ambition, he went and pitched his tent with the Party.
“Unfortunately for Mr. Alexander Otti, he joined the wrong camp of APC, the Chief Orji Uzor Kalu faction. High Chief Ikechi Emenike is the ‘Alpha and Omega’ in APC in Abia State. High Chief Emenike treats Chief Orji Uzor Kalu with visible disdain and disrespect. High Chief Emenike, in his own desperation, wants to run for Governorship of Abia State in 2023, pretending to have forgotten that his fellow Umuahia man, Chief T A Orji, had ruled the State for Eight Consecutive Years, 2007-2015.
“Mr. Alexander Otti has now gotten to his wit’s end. He has avoidably found himself in a labyrinth. Going back to APGA, especially with the recent electoral victory of Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo as Governor-Elect of Anambra State under APGA would have been ideal but true to his character, he does not leave a house built by others without putting a lot of effort to destroy it. So, APGA is foreclosed. Coming back to PDP is like a precarious adventure. Mr. Alexander Otti is now in a quagmire”.
He queried, “What does Mr. Alexander Otti do in this moment of total confusion? His last option, digging his political grave! Mr. Alexander Otti has concluded arrangements to desperately run on the platform of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, in 2023. He has started setting up an ‘interim structure’ of the non-existent party in the state”.
Osun 2022: APC leaders bar party members from contesting against Oyetola
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ede South/Ede North/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State have thrown their weight behind the second term bid of the State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
This is as the leaders have also warned that no aspirant from the federal Constituency should contest in the Osun APC primary against the Governor.
This decision was made known by Chairman of the elders, Gbadebo Ajao at a press conference on Tuesday at Ido-Osun.
The party leaders at the press conference disclosed that any party member from the federal Constituency who contests with the governor would be rejected by the party and they would not have their support in any form whatsoever.
The elders stated that their decision to endorse the Governor as the sole candidate for the 2022 gubernatorial election was arrived at after wide consultations across the federal constituency.
Recall that the APC had slated March, Saturday 5, 2022, for its gubernatorial primary election in Osun State and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has also fixed July 16, 2022 for the Osun Gubernatorial election.
Some members of the party, especially The Osun Progressives (TOP) have been agitating that the candidate of the party for the polls be selected from the Osun West senatorial zone as was clamoured in 2018 so as to ensure fairness since individuals from both the Osun Central and East had served two terms in office as governor.
When the APC ticket went to the incumbent who comes from the Osun Central senatorial zone, many political heavyweights within the Osun APC, like the former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti decamped from the party to another political party in order to realise their ambitions but only came back to the party after election victory went the other way.
This move has not gone down well with the pro-Oyetola/IleriOluwa faction of the party whose argument has been that the decision to select a candidate that will be the APC flagbearer should be based on competence and not zonal consideration.
Notwithstanding, many aspirants from the Osun West zone have started to indicate interest in presenting themselves for the Osun top job.