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Oyo APC urges aggrieved members to embrace peace

By Seye Olumide, South-West Bureau Chief, Ibadan
31 August 2022   |   2:53 am
The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, appealed to aggrieved members to return to the party despite the fallout of the primaries.

APC (All Progressive Congress) Flag (Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP)

The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, appealed to aggrieved members to return to the party despite the fallout of the primaries.

It said that returning to their party would not only improve their individual status as noble progressives but also as heroic democrats.

The party also expressed concern that the outcome of the congresses and the primary are inevitable.

In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, the party said that none of the gubernatorial aspirants of the party in the state was a misfit.

Sadare attributed all that happened in the recent past to the “inevitable reality of any democratic process, which would always produce mandate custodians on one hand and future winners on the other hand since it is not possible for all athletes to emerge number one in any sprint or marathon race.”

The statement reads: “Oyo APC has had its fair share of party crisis in recent times, following internal bickering, which greeted its congresses and primaries as some gladiators and their members who were dissatisfied with the outcomes of the exercises have either pulled out to join other political parties or chosen to stay away from core APC activities in protest.

“This has, however, happened as the broom party also welcomed thousands of aggrieved members of other political parties into its fold.

“As it stands, APC remains the property of all party faithful and we all have inalienable rights to call the progressive party our own regardless of what might have happened in the past. It should be established here that no democratic process has ever been absolutely perfect anywhere in the world and it is on this note that we are appealing to all those who feel wronged in any way to put the experience behind them and forge ahead in their earlier resolve to collaborate with other patriots to build a better society which we can all be proud of.

“Except for a few arrogant and naive players who would do anything just to appear on the ballot, there is no genuine Oyo APC member who should be in any other party at an auspicious occasion like this when Nigeria stands the best chance of having an ideal number one citizen as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. And since we are not prepared to forfeit this golden opportunity, the best is for us to queue behind him (Tinubu) in APC and thus increase the chances of mobilising overwhelming home support for the former governor of Lagos State.

“Also, we would like to state here that none of the gubernatorial aspirants of the party in the state was a misfit.

“The task before us now is how to mobilise voters across the nooks and crannies of the state to do the right thing on the day of the election.”