A popular Youth Group within the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State – The Mandate Team has condemned the current political crisis rocking the constituency two (2) of Ibadan Northeast Local Government on the right and valid nomination of its assembly member and attributed it to poor and faulty selection process (primary) conducted by a clearly compromised umpire from the state.
The group noted that unless the crisis is properly and decisively managed in a ‘no victor, no vanquish manner’ it may completely erode the already trimmed chances of the APC in the entire local government.
In a statement personally signed by group head, Comrade Akinniyi Adejare on Tuesday, the group opined that both Kazeem Lawal and Kunle Adeyemi (Facebook) laying claim to the party ticket in the Constituency are rarely known nor accepted by the mass of party members in the local government.
It described as condemnable and vicious the decision of just one aspirant in connivance with some Local Government party executives to colonized the primary election venue with street urchins and paid agents of the underworld and consequently depriving other aspirants, who are validly screened and cleared by the party from accessing the election venue on the said date.
The group noted that it was the sole reason why a parallel election was held and a popular candidate emerged.
The group charged the party to investigate both claims and come up with a more tenable position and candidate in the general interest of the party.
The statement read in part: “It is shameful that a certain aspirant with questionable docket would resort to blackmail and aggression in an attempt to coerced the party to endorse his fraud and boondoggle.”
Whilst describing the nomination of both Kunle Adeyemi and Kazeem Lawal as unacceptable and unpopular, the group opined that both personalities have only just taken advantage of the well documented division within the party to push through their coup against the overwhelming desire of party faithfuls in the council area, unfortunately at the damage of the founding goals of the party and expectation of members.
Adejare advises the State body of the APC to consult widely among the leaders of the party in the local government to hurriedly review the process, and nominate an acceptable candidate for the party in the district who enjoys the overwhelming support of party members and adherents.
It is insisted that the party must avoid playing cheaply into the hands of their opponents as neither Kunle Adeyemi nor Kazeem lawal enjoys this advantage or could lead the party to victory at the fast approaching 2023 general elections saying “Politics is a game of numbers. Nobody can win all the people all the time”