Tunde Olanrewaju, Abeokuta
A fresh crisis appears to be brewing in the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the legacy political parties constituting the new organization, lamented alleged irregularities associated with the ongoing registration of new members.
A press statement by leaders of the CPC in Ogun State urged the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, “to caution members of his SIA group in the state not to divide the party ahead of the forthcoming party congresses in the state.” The statement was signed by Evangelist Godwin Odeyemi, Ogun State Secretary, Defunct CPC.
The statement said, “the activities of members of the Governor’s camp, placed in charge of membership registration in most units of the state, if not urgently cautioned might jeopardise the strength and chances of the party at the next general elections.
“It was counterproductive and totally mindless for members of the Governors camp from the defunct ACN to hoard registration materials and prevent other co founders of the party at the grassroots from registering for the party.”
Citing the cases of Atikori ward in Ijebu North Local Government among other centres in the state, where members of the governor’s camp hijacked registration materials and prevented other prospective members from registering, the statement said, “it took the physical intervention of the State deputy governor, Prince Segun Adesegun and Senator Gbenga Kaka before normalcy could be restored in some of the registration centres.
“As Leaders of the defunct CPC in Ogun, we do wish to express deep worry about how the Governor’s camp has been going about nurturing this new party in the state.
“Therefore, we of the defunct CPC will henceforth resist vehemently any attempt by any individual or group of individuals to hijack our collective patrimony in the APC because we are all co founders and equal stakeholders of the party.
“We however wish to call on the national leadership of APC to quickly intervene in the ongoing marginalisation and unnecessary exclusion of members of the defunct CPC in the present drive to build a virile party in Ogun state.”
Attempts by Uhuru Times to get a reaction from associates of the governor met a brick wall with three of them declining comments. But a fourth, who spoke on the condition of anonymity pointed out that, “The statement you are talking about cannot come from anybody apart from Wale Okuniyi, who we know so well. Don’t mind him at all, because we know his antics, and there is nothing to it at all. Don’t worry yourself, we know Okuniyi’s antics.”