APC Chair Bemoans Party Chieftain Over Comment On Osun West Election

Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun has declared that an APC chieftain in the state, Alhaji Fatai Oyedele Diekola has compromised his own integrity by admitting to be instrumental to APC losing Osun West Senatorial seat to the PDP.

The party chairman, in a statement said, “Diekola had boasted on a radio programme in Osogbo on Monday that he was committed to helping the Adeleke brother (Ademola), who had jumped ship to PDP because (he) Diekola and others he did not mention, wanted to secure the late Adeleke’s legacy. So, he had to work against his own party to make the opposition win”.

“If that is not betrayal arising from deep seated disloyalty, what is it?’, Prince Famodun queried.

According to the APC chairman, “Diekola in that radio programme, exposed himself and his co-travellers that their inability to influence the governor’s decision to favour their own ambitions was why he sabotaged the APC.

“Once you have openly admitted to sabotaging your own party, you cannot, in good conscience, still claim to be a member of that same party.

“In the circumstance, it will be patently dishonourable for Diekola to continue to claim that he is still in APC. He doesn’t need the party to tell him to fall out”, the APC Chairman told Diekola.

Prince Famodun further stated that, the party was aware that the question of succession was the basis for a few over-ambitious party men insistent on having one of their own succeed Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

“In the process, desperation has set in for some who are prepared to sabotage the party, even if it resorted in them cutting their nose to spite their face.

“It is a pity that some politicians who one would have thought were matured enough to know better, still exhibit culpable ignorance on this question of succession”, stating that it would be a grave mistake for anybody to think that he could force the governor not to be interested in who succeed him.

“That’s the grave mistake these saboteurs are making’, the APC chairman concluded.

Diekola’s Integrity Compromised – Famodun

Chairman of All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun has declared that Alhaji Fatai Oyedele Diekola who claimed to be a leader of the APC in the state has seriously compromised his own integrity by admitting to be instrumental to APC losing Osun West Senatorial seat to the PDP.

Diekola had boasted on a radio programme in Osogbo Monday that he was committed to helping the Adeleke brother (Ademola), who had jumped ship to PDP because (he) Diekola and others he did not mention, wanted to secure the late Adeleke’s legacy. So, he had to work against his own party to make the opposition win.

‘If that is not betrayal arising from deep seated disloyalty what is it?’, Prince Famodun asked.

According to the APC chairman, Diekola in that radio programme, exposed himself and his co-travellers that their inability to influence the governor’s decision to favour their own ambitions was why he sabotaged the APC.

‘Once you have openly admitted to sabotaging your own party’, Prince Famodun stated, ‘you cannot, in good conscience, still claim to be a member of that same party.

‘In the circumstance, it will be patently dishonourable for Diekola to continue to claim that he is still in APC.

‘He doesn’t need the party to tell him to fall out’, the APC Chairman told Diekola.

Prince Famodun further stated that, ‘the party was aware that the question of succession was making a few over-ambitious party men insistent on having one of their own succeed Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

‘In the process, desperation has set in for some who are prepared to sabotage the party, even if it resorted in them cutting their nose to spite their face.

‘It is a pity that some politicians who one would have thought were matured enough to know better, still exhibit culpable ignorance on this question of succession, Prince Famodun argued, stating categorically that ‘nobody can force the governor to be uninterested in who succeed him.

LG Primaries Fallout: Dissension In The Parties

By Shina Abubakar

The fallout in the recently concluded ward primaries in the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the local government elections in the state of Osun might eventually snowballed into a fully blown internal crisis if not properly managed, as well as the PDP which has failed to offer alternative platform for its members to actualise their political ambition.

Investigations conducted by OSUN DEFENDER showed that many of the party loyalists were afraid that the bitterness created during the primaries has further widen the bickering in the party rather than creating a platform to calm frayed nerves among warring members.

Findings revealed that factional interests led officials saddled with the responsibility of conducting primaries to allegedly manipulate the process in favour of candidates with minority delegates in some of the wards where primaries were conducted.

It was gathered that in some wards where over two candidates appeared for screening, the screening committee recommended that only one candidate emerge successful without making public the criteria for such decisions at the detriment of other candidates.

In Ifelodun local government for instance, the recently resolved crisis, which had lingered on for over two years, has resurfaced as a result of the outcome of the local government primaries in the council area.

It was gathered that candidates of a certain group were favoured across the council areas against the other group.

As at the time of filing this report, it was gathered that members of the other group in the town were of the view that the crisis will re-enact, full blown, with the action of the group which they felt was not checked by the party leadership.

Similarly, it was alleged that some party members from Irewole Local Government Council Area who protested against the attempt by some party caucus to allegedly impose certain candidates, who belong to a group in the party were arrested, prosecuted and remanded in Ilesa prison for about 24 hours.

Also, party members from Obokun Local Government Council Area stormed the state party secretariat last Tuesday protesting what they described as impunity by the Kehinde Lamolu-led state officials who oversaw the conduct of the primary in ward 1 of the council. The protesters claimed that Jide Agbaje won the consensus arrangement by the party elders, the primary conducted among the party executive members and later the expanded primary by the ward polling a total of 304 votes out of the 463 accredited voters against Albert Adeyemi in the presence of the state officials.

However, Chief Emmanuel-led protesters said the party Executive Committee was informed by an aspirant of the decision of the state officials that one Tobi Ogundipe has been announced as the candidate at a meeting in Osogbo without the consent of the ward executives and to worsen the matter, the anointed candidate is not a member of the party.

Also, the medium gathered that the supremacy battle among some bigwigs in Iwo Local Government has further created tussle within the APC in the local government as aspirants belonging to one of the camps were not given consent form nor screened for the party’s primary

The situation was too different in Boluwaduro, where the incumbent Executive Secretary lost the primary conducted by the ward executive committee but the winner Mr Stephen Dosunmu was not allowed to take part in the screening exercise of the party.

The crisis generated by the outcome of the party in Irepodun local government council area is almost dividing the town along party line, as a monarch in the council was said to have been castigating a commissioner for instigating party machineries against some indigenes of his town.

In a similar development, the PDP’s camp is not an alternative platform for aspiring politicians as the factional crisis that ought to have been resolved is taking a new twist as members who are willing to contest the forthcoming local government election in January are desperate to ensure that the crisis is done with even if it means shutting out the gladiators.

A faction of the Party in Osun State has rejected the arrangement by the national leadership of the party to harmonise and share positions among the two factions in the state PDP as the party congresses in some wards were inconclusive.

The Chairman of the faction with majority of members, Mr Soji Adagunodo disclosed that the harmonisation arrangement was unacceptable because it does not reflect the will and wish of the majority of members of the party in the state.

Adagunodo explained that the arrangement for the sharing of party executives in the Local Government Areas as discussed during the harmonisaation at the PDP National Headquarters in Abuja last week cannot stand and insisted that free and fair congress should be conducted to resolve the matter.

This, according to a source close to the party secretariat is a source of worry to members who believe they have the capacity to win election in the council poll scheduled for January next year.

Some of the PDP members do not want the party to boycott the election believing that the fallout of the APC primaries could work in the PDP’s favour and launch the party back into the heart of the electorates

across the state.

From the two major parties in the state angry members are abound waiting for any opportunity to present itself, especially if the political parties fail to address the crisis threatening to tear the parties apart.

However, the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi disclosed that no members of the party were angry to the extent of wanting to leave the party because they love the APC, its leaders and the Governor, as well as its achievements.

He disclosed that what happened is a reflection of the popularity of the party in the state and it is an integral part of any democratic settings, where individuals protest when things did not go their way.

“ To protest the outcome of a primary election is part of democratic process worldwide, but I am assuring you that no member of APC is trying to dump it for another party because there is no alternative to APC in the state and in Nigeria as a whole”, he added.

Osun APC Instructs Members To Put Aspirations On Hold

The All Progressives Congress in Osun State has instructed party chieftains aspiring to become governor of the state to put their aspiration on hold, saying that ‘it is absolutely inappropriate at this juncture’.

The chairman, Prince Adegboyega Famodun in a statement warned that the party will not take kindly to any violation of the instruction.

He said: “The governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is right in the middle of his second term, grappling with the difficulties of economic recession. This is not the proper time for any aspirant to divert attention from the serious business at hand. Anybody aspiring to become governor should wait for the time that the party will consider appropriate. Only then will it make political sense for anyone to come out and talk about governorship aspiration. This is not yet the time for politicking.”