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Stakeholders urge Alao-Akala, others to produce template for congress

By Seye Olumide (South-West Bureau Chief) and Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
12 October 2021   |   3:31 am
Critical stakeholders in Oyo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, mandated former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala; incumbent chairman of the party, Chief Akin Oke...

Critical stakeholders in Oyo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, mandated former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala; incumbent chairman of the party, Chief Akin Oke and seven other leaders from the zone to meet, work out modalities and produce a final document that would accommodate all interests.

This was the outcome of the stakeholders’ meeting called by Oke following the face-off between the Alao-Akala-led Elders Council Committee, which had earlier made arrangement for the zoning pattern ahead of the coming state congress scheduled to hold on Saturday but was vehemently opposed by the Unity Forum, headed by former minister, Adebayo Shittu and Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare.

At the meeting held at Oke-Ado, Ibadan, new state secretariat, leaders and stalwarts of Oyo APC resolved that it was expedient for all gladiators and party faithful to go into the state congress as a united and formidable team of democrats to enable them win 2023 general election.

In his welcome address, the Caretaker Chairman of Oyo APC, Oke, expressed gratitude to all party leaders and members who had supported the outgoing state executive committee since the inception. He also urged them to eschew bitterness and individual interest with a view to working together to make the party more united and formidable ahead of the next general election.

He later read out what he called a draft document suggesting the new zoning arrangement for the emergence of new state executive committee of the party.

According to him, the document was carefully drafted to guarantee equitable and fair distribution of available executive positions among all the seven geo-political zones and local councils in the state.

In their reaction, Ayoade Adeseun and Oloye Sarafadeen Alli, urged the adoption of the document, but it was opposed by Chief Wale Ohu, Abiodun Adigun-Hammed and Chief Kazeem Raji.

The trio said the new document was produced without any recourse to the Elders’ Advisory Council and members of the state working committee of the party.

This was immediately laid to rest by former Head of Service, Mrs. Olawumi Ogunesan, who suggested that a team of zonal party leaders should meet with Alao-Akala to resolve the issue permanently.

It is not yet known when Alao-Akala’s group will meet, but The Guardian learnt that the meeting might hold today.