Convention: Crisis rocks Ogun APC over delegates imposition

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Pic.34. From left: Deputy Chairman (North), All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Lawal Shuaibu; APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; and the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, during a meeting between the APC Governors and the party’s National Working Committee, in Abuja on Wednesday (24/5/17). 02781/24/5/2007/Hogan-Bassey/BJO/NAN

Some key leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Ogun State on Tuesday besieged the party’s national secretariat to protest against an alleged attempt to substitute their names on the delegates’ list by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

The leader of the aggrieved party members and the APC Ogun Central Senatorial District Chairman, Kunle Adesina, said they had to visit the party headquarters to intimate the National Working Committee (NWC) on the looming feud.

Adesina said the constitution of the APC was clear on the choice of elected and statutory delegates to the forthcoming mini- convention.

He said Governor Amosun had started exercising his power arbitrarily since members had begun to fraternize with the aspirants ahead of the next governorship election.

“A number of us were shut out at the congresses. A whole senatorial chairman like me got to know about the Congress less than 24 hours. The governor wanted to ensure that only people who are loyal to him get the ticket to become delegates….

“We are perceived to be more with Chief Olusegun Osoba because we ask questions which the governor does not want. We are members of the party. As members of the party, there is no place for any emperor,” he also said.

He said the visit to the party office was not only to ensure that the APC in Ogun State was united, but also to enable the party come out stronger in 2019.

Adesina, however, said that the party leadership had promised to look at the issue objectively and ensure that justice is done after separate meetings with the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the Deputy National Chairman (South), Engineer Segun Oni.

The group had earlier submitted a letter to the APC titled “Open Letter to APC National Chairman, and NWC of the APC on Crisis, Impunity and Imposition in Ogun State Chapter of APC: Demand for Cancellation of Congresses”.

The letter was signed by the leader of yesterday’s delegation, Adesina, the State Financial Secretary, Kunle Mudashiru, and State Ex-Officio, Alhaji Farouk Akintunde.

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