Dare kicks against Akala’s zoning committee
Folarin Dismisses Alleged Plot To Hijack Oyo APC
As the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) plans to hold a stakeholders meeting on Monday to discuss zoning for its congress coming up next Saturday, Minister for Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has said any arrangement outside the proposed meeting would be rejected.
In a chat with The Guardian, yesterday, Dare distanced himself from a zoning committee reportedly ratified by the Elders Advisory Council that was put in place by former governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, ahead of the October 16 congress.
The Akala-led advisory council reportedly approved a nine-man committee to oversee the zoning and planning of the state congress. But the minister and some other aggrieved members kicked, saying that aside the fact that they were not carried along, the Akala committee lacked transparency and unity expected in the party.
Dare expressed displeasure with the conduct of some Oyo APC chieftains, which he said is inimical to the unity the party needs to win in 2023.
“Critical stakeholders in Oyo APC were not informed or carried along in the selection of members of this zoning committee. This is wrong. Consultations were scanty, selective, deeply biased and overbearing.
“At this stage, all critical stakeholders must be informed about any step being taken towards the state congress. It is the only way to foster peace.
“The chances of Oyo APC in 2023 elections will depend heavily on unity and team spirit. We must have an all-inclusive team and shun personal interests at this point. The primary aim of every stakeholder in this party should be victory in 2023. We must not give room to divisive factors at this point, if we indeed want Oyo APC to emerge victorious at the polls,” he said.
In a swift reaction, Senator Teslim Folarin’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yekeen Shakerudeen, said it was not true that his boss was collaborating with the former governor to hijack the structure of Oyo APC.
He also accused the Unity Forum as the group troubling the party, since they have nothing to offer despite being the major beneficiaries of federal appointments.
“Folarin has not openly declared that he wants to run for governor, hence he cannot be scheming to hijack the party’s structure and there is nowhere former governor Alao-Akala has said his son will contest as deputy governor. The fact is that the so- called progressives tendency in the party does not want to reckon with other tendencies, which is not possible,” Shakerudeen said.
Although, the state chairman, Mr. Akin Oke, has said there is no crisis in Oyo APC, some members are still uncomfortable and have accused some members of the current executive led by Oke of giving undue privilege to Akala and others, whom they accused of trying to use their wealth to hijack the party structure.