Once again, the governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola and the State Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State have been accused of shielding members of the Ward Congress Committee appointed by the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee who had arrived Osun on Friday morning.
This follows the earlier accusation by a group, the Progressive Minded People yesterday that the members of the committee were shocked by the party leadership and prevented from consulting with other party stakeholders in the State in the run-up to the APC ward congress scheduled for Saturday, 31st July, 2021.
This latest accusation was made by Reverend Adelowo Adebiyi, the Chairman of The Osun Progressives (TOP), a group within the APC in Osun State during a press conference in Osogbo on Friday.
Adebiyi revealed that he had in on good authority about the presence of the party officials from the national secretariat and that they have been in the Government House with the state governor since their arrival.
The TOP Chairman accused the party leadership of trying to circumvent the popular rule of democratic engagement by not allowing the committees to interact with stakeholders.
While accusing the state caretaker committee of refusing to carry along other stakeholders in the party except the Governor’s group, IleriOluwa Adebiyi in his statement reminded them that, “There hasn’t been any sign that the Osun APC has made preparation of any sort for the Congress. ”We also put on record that you have assisted us to use press release wherein we reported that the national Secretariat officers sent to Osogbo were hijacked, ambushed and kept from being accessed by other stakeholders in the party.
“And by inference, did not sell a single form to all other interested parties within the APC.
When the Osun Progressives (TOP) get to its wit’s end in getting the forms from those sent from Abuja, we procured the forms directly from the National Secretariat by substituted means.
“Hitherto, the Governor’s group, IleriOluwa had boasted all over the places that it was going to have a consensus of returning all members of the outgoing executives. As a matter of fact, they were going to have the assumed consensus arrangement yesterday only for them to bitterly learn that we have gotten forms.
“They hurriedly cancelled the elaborate arrangements they made to announce the incorrigible consensus. Our observation is that they are scared of contests since they know that the current leadership has mismanaged the party to the present extent.
“They know that they are incapable of winning popular votes in fair and free contest, hence the employment of tactics to have a hitch-free democratic Congress.
“Were they to be popular and have the capacity to win, why did they hijack the national secretariat officers and held them incommunicado since they arrived the state?
“But like it happened to the earlier delegation in sales of forms, no party member is in the know of anything.
“Consensus is an agreement which is a product of discussion among stakeholders. Nobody claps with one hand. APC is a political party that emerged as an aggregation of different interests and viewpoints.
“No one can force his/her views on others. We at the Osun Progressives (TOP) will not accept that. It is in this regard that we once more draw the attention of Governor Mai Mala Buni’s committee to the ungracious insults being passed on democratic tenets by Governor Oyetola’s group, IleriOluwa and indeed the intelligence of party members in Osun.
“We hope the Ward Congress committee members just arriving Osogbo are pious of sterling character who exercise fairness to all stakeholders within the party.
“Having come this far, we state in categorical terms that we are ready for the contest tomorrow if there will be fairness and justice.”
Meanwhile, earlier, Kunle Oyatomi, the spokesperson of the APC in the state in a conversation with DAILY POST had stated that the accusations were baseless and that the ward congress would go on as planned and there was no need for infighting among party members.
Oyatomi disclosed that the national officials were kept in a comfortable accommodation and there was never a time that party members were prevented from having access to them.
He also advised members to shun unnecessary divisions as the APC in the state is one big family.