The Leadership Crisis stirring the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), appears to have to have turned a new form has a faction known as the Unity Forum has dismissed a statement by the Akin Oke led State Executive Council ratifying the Akala Council of Elders.
According to a report by the Nigerian Tribune, in a response jointly signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi, former Deputy Governor Moses Alake Adeyemo, Senator Soji Akanbi, Senator Ayo Adeseun and Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, the Unity Forum stated that the Akala Council of Elders is a contraption of PDP elements in the party who saw the meeting at Governor Kayode Fayemi’s Ibadan residence as an opportunity to foist a PDP leadership on the progressive party.
“We stated clearly in our response to the charade in Governor Fayemi’s house that the meeting deviated from the mandate of the National Reconciliation Committee directing it to choose three members from each of the two contending groups in the party to superintend the forthcoming registration of members in the party.
“The flooding of the Fayemi meeting against the agreement of 15 representatives each was an ungentlemanly approach to politics symptomatic of the PDP elements who now found themselves in the APC. The present attempt to foist a PDP leadership on the party is a grand design to deny the people of the state a choice between the conservative PDP and the progressive APC.
“We have made it clear that the Akala Council of Elders is an exercise in futility and cannot solve the lingering crisis in the APC in Oyo State. The past week has clearly demonstrated that the Akala Council of Elders, like the meeting at Governor Fayemi’s house, has worsened the crisis in the party.
“What the APC needs is a genuine, sincere, all-embracing and collective effort at reconciling the contending groups in the party. The present charade is a road to no where.
“We restate our call on the National Reconciliation Committee to return to the Abuja Agreement of September 10, 2020, requiring each of the contending two groups to nominate three representatives that will work with the state executive of the party for the forthcoming registration of party members and other party activities until the dissolution of the state executive council alongside the councils in other 35 states,” the statement concluded.