The Abu Gbadamosi faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC has said that the chairman and secretary of the Elder’s Forum of the party are boys of a particular Senator and governorship aspirant who has been hellbent on hijacking the party structure.
They made this known in a statement by its coordinator, Senator Ayoade Adeseun, and made available to insideoyo.com on Tuesday.
The state was signed by Senator Ayoade Adeseun for and on behalf of:
Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo,former Deputy Governor,Oyo State(2011-2019)
Senator Abdul – Fatai Buhari, current member of the Senate
Hon Sunday Dare, Serving Hon Minister for Youth and Sports
Chief Adebayo Adelabu, Gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Oyo State, (2019 election) Senator Adesoji Akanbi
Senator Olufemi Lanlehin.
Others are Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi,Consensus Chairman,APC,Oyo State
Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, member, Federal House of Representatives
Hon. Akeem Adeyemi, member, Federal House of Representatives
Hon Olumide Ojerinde, Member, Federal House of Representatives
Hon George Akintola, Member, Federal House of Representatives
Hon. Jide Olatunbosun, member, Federal House of Representatives
Chief Joseph Tegbe, Gubernatorial aspirant.
Also Oloye Sarafa Abiodun Ali, former Secretary to Government of Oyo State
Alhaji Waheed Olajide, former Secretary to the Government of Oyo State
Alhaji Olalekan Ali, former Secretary to the Government of Oyo State
Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, Chairman, National Lottery Regulatory Commission
Professor Adeolu Akande, Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
Chief Mrs Hannah Ogunesan, former Head of Service of Oyo State
RT HON Gunju Ojo, former Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly
Mr Adesoji Eniade MNI, Director General, Nigerian Leadership Training Institute
Dr Ismail Adewusi, Post Master General of the Federation
Hon. Zacch Adelabu Adedeji, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Sugar Development Commission (NSDC)
Hon Yekini Popoola, former Chairman, Association of Local Government Chairmen of Oyo State, (ALGON) (2011-2015)
Hon Abass Aleshinloye, former ALGON Chairman Oyo State (2015-2019)
Alhaji Ismail Alimi, former Deputy Chairman.APC,Oyo State.
Recall that insideoyo.com had earlier reported that the Elder’s Forum of the party has started move to reconcile the factions. The Elder’s called on the two factions to nominate members to form the committee.
The statement read: “1. Our attention has been drawn to a news report of reconciliation and harmonization committees purportedly proposed by a so-called elders advisory council.
“2. This false and disingenious fake initiative by a dubious body is laughable as it is tragic. It is public knowledge that the so-called elders council had been in dispute since the idea was smuggled into a peace meeting at the residence of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State in Ibadan in September 2020. The so-called council had never taken off as it had only witnessed meetings of members of a single caucus out of the many caucuses in the Oyo State chapter of the APC.
“3. It is also public knowledge that the purported chairman and Secretary of the so-called elders council are boys of a particular Senator and governorship aspirant who has been hellbent on hijacking the party structure against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of members of the party.
“4. It is trite in law that you cannot be a judge in your own matter. This is exactly what the dubious elders council seeks to do with the nauseating idea of dubious kangaroo reconciliation and harmonisation committees to be inaugurated by it.
“5. We therefore put the public on notice that true to the dubious character of members of that group, they will soon come out with names members of the fake committees purported to be members representing the contending groups in the party. This is to create a false impression before unsuspecting members of the public that the contending groups in the party are parties to the poisonous design.
“6. We state without any equivocation that none of the leaders of the Lam Adesina, Senator Ladoja and Governor Ajimobi caucuses of the party is a subscriber to the deceit packaged as reconciliation and harmonization committees by the dubious elders council.
“7. The matter at issue in Oyo State chapter of the APC is the sanctity of the ward and local governement congresses of 2021 and flagrant failure to recognise the Consensus Chairman of the party,Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi, elected in accordance with the directives of the national secretariat of the party.
“8. Nothing short of respect for the wishes of the overwhelming majority of members of the party will restore peace in the party. The members of the clique purporting to constitute an elders council are only being clever by half. As it is popularly said,you cannot put something on nothing. Any initiative not based on truth and driven by the quest for justice will come to naught.
“9. For the avoidance of doubt,we the undersigned stakeholders representing the major caucuses of the APC in Oyo State dissociate ourselves from the dubious elders council and the contraband they call harmonisation and reconciliation committees.The public should dismiss it like a piece of waste paper.”