A breakaway faction within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state christened Unity Forum, on Tuesday warned residents of the state to beware of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s ploy to deceiving them into having sympathy for the party with the view to achieving his goal of imposing a successor during the 2019 gubernatorial election.
The group, while reacting to a statement credited to Ajimobi that the party was ready to reconcile those who are reconcilable among the aggrieved members of the party and that some of the aggrieved members are eager to rejoin the party, described the action of the governor as “mere grandstanding”.
It will be recalled that Ajimobi, while addressing journalists shortly after a stakeholders meeting in Ibadan on Monday, insisted that the crisis within the party is nearing resolution, declaring that most of the aggrieved members have returned to the party.
But the Unity Forum, while daring Ajimobi to publish the names of those who have returned to the APC, advised people of the state to reject APC and all its agents of deceit.
The group, in a statement entitled, “OYO APC Crises: Unity Forum Dares Ajimobi, enough of grandstanding release the list of members who have returned to APC” made available on Tuesday by its secretary, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, queried the sincerity of the governor’s self-acclaimed reconciliation moves.
It described same as a fluke and an attempt to hoodwink the public that all is well within the party.
Olatunbosun said, “The statement credited to Governor Ajimobi on Monday that majority of our members have returned to the party fold after the crises is mischievous and unbecoming of Governor Ajimobi status.
“The action of the governor is mere grandstanding, we dared the governor to publish the names of those that have returned to the APC fold.”
Olatubosun then “queried the sincerity of the governor’s self acclaimed reconciliatory moves as a fluke and an attempt to hoodwink the public that all is well within the party, or how best could one describe Governor Ajimobi action now who had earlier described the Unity forum as inconsequential”.
According to him, the Unity Forum remains strong with over 100,000 members across the state.
He said, “Unity forum strongly remains steadfast with over 100,000 members across the state and committed to the political realignment in the state with the view of wrestling power from APC led autocratic government in the state where the general public have been subjected to untold hardship with anti people policies.
“The forum therefore sympathized with the people of the state most especially, lecturers and students in all the six state owned institutions for their unpaid 25 months salaries as well as students of Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) whose school fees was increased from 80,000 Naira to 300, 000 naira with the view of preventing children from poor homes to achieve their goal in life.
“We, therefore, warned the public to beware of Governor Ajimobi antics of deceiving them so as to have sympathy for the party with the view of achieving his goal to impose a successor on the people of the state in 2019.
“We, therefore, advised the Oyo State people to reject APC and all its agents of deceit.”