Stakeholders finger Amosun, in cracks in Oyo APC, other states - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE


Monday, 18 October 2021

Stakeholders finger Amosun, in cracks in Oyo APC, other states

By Our Correspondent

There are insinuations that the lawmaker representing Ogun Central, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Mohammed, Aregbesola and other aggrieved Southwest members of APC, who were said to have fallen apart with the National Leader, Bola Tinubu, were the brains behind the parallel congresses that held in some states.

To buttress their arguments, a group in Oyo State chapter of APC, The United Front (TUF), in a statement, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the party to resist moves by Amosun to hijack the party structure in the state.

The group alleged that Amosun is the one sponsoring members of Unity Forum within Oyo APC, which consists Prof. Adeolu Akande, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, Barr. Bayo Shittu, Dr. Ismail Adewusi, among others, to divide the party into intractable fragments.

According to the group, “Amosun takes absolute delight in the fragmentation of Oyo APC for the purpose of extending the web of schism he established in the party to other parts of the Southwest.

His divisive ego-trip in Oyo can be traced to the build up to the 2019 elections when he extensively bankrolled Unity Forum to tear the fabric of the party’s wholeness apart, a move that triggered the inevitable lacklustre performance of the party in the gubernatorial polls. 

“It is on record that he channelled a large chunk of Ogun State resources to finance the mobilisation and campaigns of African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate, Senator Femi Lanlehin. However, his dream to glide ADC to power was built on illusionary hopes, as the party fell flat in the senatorial election, which made Amosun’s camp to become completely rattled. With no other options up his sleeve, he lent a formidable support to the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Seyi Makinde,” part of the statement read.

The group, while recalling the role played by the former governor during the 2019 general elections in Ogun, said, “Amosun has consistently showed, with his divisive inclination and high-handedness that he lacks the requisites expected of managing a party even at the ward level. 

We can’t forget in a hurry how he almost succeeded in ruining Ogun APC into a state of inoperable rigidity, as he openly backed Adekunle Akinlade of Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in the 2019 gubernatorial polls. He is bent on devising the same template in Oyo.”

The group also urged the CECPC to investigate alleged forgery of sensitive documents by some party chieftains in Oyo State, which led to the postponement of the October 16th state congress in the state.

But when contacted, chairman Caretaker Committee of Oyo APC, Chief Akin Oke, said, “at my level and age, to comment on allegation that I don’t have facts relating to it is difficult. I am aware that in the last election he (Amosun) didn’t support us, but for me to now accuse him where I don’t have the facts, would be unfair.

“At least, in the present scenario that would not be fair. But now that it has been raised, I will start doing my investigation too because by now, he (Amosun) ought to have seen the handwriting on the wall and leave us alone. 

A close aide of Amosun who was contacted yesterday, but pleaded his name should not be disclosed, dismissed the allegation with a wave of hand, saying, “if those alleging have done the right thing they wouldn’t have been jittery.”