Oladele Ogunsola – Ibadan
The reconciliation process initiated by the governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi after the inauguration of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) state officials on Monday in Abuja by the national headquarters of the party might have hit the rock even before the process begins.
This was as a result of the disclosure by the break away faction of the party in the state, ‘The Unity Forum’ that it was open to negotiations with registered political parties except the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for urgent integration ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
It would be recalled that the aggrieved group felt cheated in the recently concluded congresses in the state and every effort to seek redress became futile with the official recognition of the group loyal to the incumbent governor Ajimobi as evidenced in the Monday inauguration of the Chief Akin Oke-led state executive council in Abuja by the party’s national headquarters.
In a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan on Wednesday, the forum which claimed to comprise the larger percentage of the APC membership in the state said it had been at loggerheads with Senator Abiola Ajimobi over the control of party structures following the allegations of high-handedness and anti-party activities against the governor.
The statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the forum, Mr. Olawale Sadare disclosed that the crisis later came to its crescendo on Monday when the APC’s National Working Committee sworn-in the loyalist of the governor, Chief Akin Oke, as the State Chairman without resolving the controversies surrounding the recent conduct of party congresses.
The Forum ruled out the possibility of agreeing to a truce with Gov. Ajimobi who it described as “the worst dictator in the history of democratic governance in the Pacesetters State whose record of deceit and insincerity would always be fresh in the memory of the people for a long time.
“Within a short period of time, we have been able to attract the interest of the leadership of many registered political parties across the country and we are weighing available options except that majority of our members are not favourably disposed to the PDP.
“However, we can assure the people of the state that only a platform that could best serve their interest would be adopted in no time. We never planned to leave the APC but recent developments which exposed the party as lacking in democratic principles and respect for the rule of law made it expedient to abandon the ruling party in the overall interest of the people.
“Now that lessons have been learned, never again would a pretentious brute be thrown up to man the affairs of our dear state. In due course, we will tender an unreserved apology to the people of the state in view of our individual and collective roles in the enthronement of a government which took them for granted in a whole seven years.
“This would be followed by showcase of the promise which our new political party would hold for Nigeria and Nigerians”, Sadare further stated.