Oyo APC faction calls for fresh congresses
Reformers, an Progressives Congress (APC) faction in Oyo State, has called for the immediate dissolution of the party’s executive committee from the ward to state level to pave way for more popular and proactive leaders that would emerge through fresh congresses.
This may not be unconnected with the loss the party suffered in the state at the last general elections.
The group also disagreed with the party’s chairmen at the council level that the party lost the elections due to over-confidence and electoral fraud.
According to a statement issued by the Reformers’ pro tem secretary, Sulaimon Ramon, the party lost the election due to imposition of candidates, lack of internal democracy and the governor’s high-handedness.
It condemned the call by the party chairmen at the council level that the governorship candidate in the last election, Adebayo Adelabu, should be made the state’s party leader as well as nominated for ministerial slot.
“What Oyo APC needs now is a college of tested and patriotic party leaders under the leadership of a tested leader with credibility, sound knowledge of politics, grassroots mobilisation, kindness and an army of loyalists. It is far from being a responsibility of a political greenhorn like Adelabu,” the statement partly read.
It accused the party chairmen of trying to pay the former governorship candidate back for releasing the buses used for the last election at their various councils to them.
The Reformers urged the chairmen to understand that “the party is bigger than individual greed and interest.”
It added: “This was the way they hailed and shouted Sheu until Ajimobi led us to the present dungeon.”
The group, however, advised the national leadership of the party to note the statement credited to the party chairmen at the council level, which suggested that they had not learnt from their mistakes.
It then called for the immediate dissolution of the party’s executive from the ward to the state to pave way for integration, harmonisation and a fresh democratic congress, which will usher in a pragmatic, populist and proactive executive.
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