Mixed reactions trail Osibogun’s resignation from Yoruba World Congress
• Akintoye, Adeniyi Deny Rift In Congress
There are speculations the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) formed in August, last year, and headed by Professor Emeritus, Banji Akintoye to protect and promote Southwest interest might be heading for the rocks, with the recent resignation of one of its founding members and mobilisers, Deji Osibogun.
Osibogun resigned his position as YWC Organising Secretary, which he played a major role to establish, less than 10 months ago.
Osibogun, in a letter addressed to Akintoye, said he quit as the group’s organising secretary to enable others work for development to Yoruba land.
But while Osibogun claimed his decision was a positive one to allow him to contribute to the progress of Yoruba land, sources alleged the development was due to some unresolvable crises.
Some people were particularly uncomfortable over the fact that the Congress leadership, including Akintoye, Chief Tola Adeniyi, Amos Akingba and others, chose to remain silent and accepted Osibogun’s resignation with little or no effort to convince him to change his mind, despite his contributions to the group.
Another insinuation is that the YWC rank and file have been infiltrated by influential politicians, especially those in All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the 2023 elections, which Osibogun and others considered a derailment from the original objectives.
Meanwhile, Akintoye in a telephone conversation with The Guardian, yesterday, denied any rift in YWC, just as he said Osibogun only resigned as organising secretary to focus on the maiden objectives of his organisation, Yoruba Ko’ya Movement, which specialises in youth empowerment and Yoruba language.
Adeniyi, who also spoke, said there was no crack in YWC and Osibogun’s resignation did not mean he was no longer part of YWC.
“He only resigned as organising secretary and as a result, the congress has abolished all position of secretaries,” Adeniyi said.
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