Many members of the Oyo State All Progressives Congress Party have been crying out against an alleged imposition of a governorship candidate on the delegates and party members.
After various attempts to impose Mr Joseph Tegbe on the Oyo state’s All Progressives Congress Party, Governor Abiola Ajimobi is currently meeting with all Local Government Chairmen in order to impose his preferred governorship candidate on them with threats of dissolving them if they do not dance to his tune by working for his anointed candidate, Mr Tegbe who is said to have no political antecedents but have just joined the party few months ago have been preferred by the governor for no clear reasons other than the fact that they are business partners.
- Our sources reported
Despite having the likes of Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN) a barrister who is said to have been a party member and a voluntary legal advocate for the progressives and some of its members for over 30 years by helping them win legal cases in court and Mr Adebayo Alao-Akala a former governor of the State with some other candidates who were able to purchase their nomination forms about three weeks ago in a tight bid while the form was almost running to a close because the governor promised to help the candidates get three forms based on the party delegates earlier agreement to have to present only three candidates for the primaries before things went sore due to the disagreements of the candidates to step-down for each other, many APC members expected the sitting governor to have a neutral stand on the primary election issues but he had been alleged to have interest in Mr Joseph Tegbe a consultant with KPMG Group of Companies and a business partner of Governor Abiola Ajimobi who is said to be the newest member amongst the governorship candidates in the party.
“Our correspondent Mr Abiodun Sanusi also gathered that” :-
A former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, has directed his supporters to stay away from the All Progressives Congress governorship primary billed for Sunday.
The directive was contained in a statement issued on Saturday in Ibadan by Jeremiah Akande, the Head of New Media and Public Affairs, of Alao-Akala Campaign Organisation.
The statement, which described the scheduled primary as a sham, said the former governor would boycott the exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Alao-Akala is a governorship aspirant in the state.
The statement quoted Alao-Akala calling on the national leadership of the APC to save the Oyo Chapter from collapse.
He was quoted saying :-
“I am calling on the national leadership of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the party to come to the aid of the Oyo APC which is on the brink of collapse”.
“This is due to the high-handedness and imposition of candidates on delegates who will vote at the primary election of the party taking place tomorrow by Gov. Abiola Ajimobi,” the statement quoted the former governor and candidate for the upcoming primaries.
Alao-Akala alleged that Ajimobi had perfected plans to impose an aspirant, Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe, on delegates.
He also alleged that the governor had sent his supporters to coerce and intimidate delegates to vote for Tegbe tomorrow at the party’s primary against their free will.
“I am a true party man and a committed loyalist of any cause I believe in. I wish to state categorically that I am not a pushover in the game of politics.
“I am a well grounded and groomed politician who has occupied the number one seat of Oyo State, a politically-conscious state.
“I will not be part of any move or attempt to subvert the true will and wish of the people by the selfish interest of an individual,’’ he said.