Osun APC group asks National caretaker committee to reject Ward, LG congresses conducted by Elegbeleye
By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been urged not to allow the impunity in the Osun Ward and Local Government Congresses to stand in the interest of the party.
Immediate past Chairman of the APC in the State and leader of the Osun Progressives (TOP), Reverend Adelowo Adebiyi, made the call on Friday while speaking at the general meeting of the caucus in Osogbo.
According Adebiyi, acceptance of the ward and local government congresses conducted outside the hatchet job of Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye led committee is the way to go for the party’s progress and development in the state.
Adebiyi said the ability of the National Caretaker committee to put a check to the horrendous manipulation of process by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in favour of the current party leadership and particularly for the sake of his group, IleriOluwa could bring a serious undoing to APC.
He said the National Caretaker committee needs to look critically into how the Elegbeleye congress committee which said it arrived Osogbo by 5pm of Friday July 30, 2021; held a “stakeholders meeting” in the Government House Banquet Hall and screened over 23000 aspirants and made them ready for congress by the morning of Saturday, July 31, 2021 was clearly a compromised process.
How that was possible, Adebiyi said, can only be attributed to a voodoo man like Elegbeleye who was specifically procured for the hatchet job by Governor Oyetola who used his position as a member of the National Caretaker committee selfishly.
“Elegbeleye committee that was sent from the National Secretariat was so ensconced in the bid to carry out the dirty job for which he was procured, spoke of “consensus” when two sets of forms were sold to party members in Osun”, Adebiyi noted.
Adebiyi said that particular action was a sufficient undermining of, and putting to ridicule, the integrity of the National Secretariat and bring the totality of the party headquarters into public disrepute.
He said: ” it is very clear that Elegbeleye committee did what it had to do to justify his pay by Governor Oyetola and not work diligently for National Secretariat’s sake or in the interests of the party.”
The former APC Chairman congratulated members of the APC which included the newly elected members of the APC executives for the wards and local government, saying that it would be difficult for any unbiased watchers of Osun political events to do anything other than give TOP the trophy of success.
He urged the new party officials to be up and doing in running the party affairs, especially in curbing the obvious degeneration of affairs and un-disguised intention of members to jump ship by ensuring they are provided succour to make APC attractive.
Adebiyi informed the APC members that the inauguration of new executive members will be held soon in a grand ceremony.
He assured them that the caucus will pursue the injustice done to members to any constitutional level to uphold the truth as held by it and put a lie to the shenanigans by the other group.
Your claim unnecessary, Osun APC tells Elder Adelowo
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of Osun has told the leader of the Osun Progressive (TOP) Elder Adelowo Adebiyi that his claims and submission on wards and local congresses of the party were not necessary for the sake of unity and peace.
This is contained in a statement issued from the party’s Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy and signed by its Director, Barr Kunle Oyatomi and made available to Newsmen on Friday in Osogbo, the state capital.
The party said it is absolutely irrational and illogical for any person or group calling the exercise of Elegbeleye-led Congress Committee an “impunity’ and telling the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress not to allow the Osun wards and local congresses to stand.
However, ‘it is very clear that in Osun, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is indivisible entity. No parallel Congress was conducted anywhere in the state, the report of the Elegbeleye led Congress Committee is justifiably grounded and remained valid’, adding that, “it is a joke of “ember months” for whoever believed or described the Osun APC wards and local Congresses as “compromised process”.
Oyatomi also explained that “the issue on ground in the party is just an intra party affairs, which could be amicably settled within the party’s hierarchy and leaders, rather than taking it too far to the extent that the prostrate opposition parties are making jest of us all.”
The party therefore appealed to the leadership of the Osun Progressive (TOP) to sheath their sword and embrace thorough and peaceful reconciliation for the betterment of the party and for it to be victorious in the next year’s gubernatorial election in the state.
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