A simmering crisis in the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is threatening to tear the tender fabric of the newly registered political party as an old feud between its Action Congress (AC) elements and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) supporters of the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, resurfaces towards moves to register new members.
APC’s interim National Vice Chairman (South-West), Otunba Niyi Adebayo, who was billed to inaugurate a registration committee for Ogun State in Abeokuta this morning appeared to have shelved the plan. The event appeared to have been cancelled following acrimony over the committee’s composition with Amosun believing that former Ogun State Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, is being unduly favoured by the party leadership, again.
Osoba, is acknowledged as leader of the party in the state. But Amosun and his loyalists became angry at the inception of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that party positions remained largely in the hands of the old AC members. After he became governor in 2011, positions and patronage were reserved almost exclusively for Amosun’s former ANPP colleagues to the chagrin of Osoba’s supporters.
Uhuru Times gathered that the rules for the committee membership is the same across the country, but favours those on the Osoba side of the divide as almost all National Assembly members and most of the state legislators are with the former governor. Some party leaders Amosun had earlier secured their support ditched him at the last minute, making the governor to fight back.
A highly placed source close to the leadership of the party in Abeokuta told Uhuru Times this morning, “We won’t allow (Chief Olusegun) Osoba’s people to continue dominating us in the party, because politics is a game of numbers and we are now more than them. Let the leaders consider that as a sitting governor, SIA is also a leader, and we cannot just sit here and be taking instructions from these AC people.”
Signs that things would turn out bad today began in earnest last week with supporters of the governor insisting in some local governments across the state that current executive members of the party have been replaced at the Wards and local government levels by nominees of Mr. Governor with a list from Abeokuta to that effect.
An Osoba loyalist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said: “We won’t take it from them. Has Chief Bisi Akande been replaced? Has Alhaji Tajudeen Bello been replaced? Why are they forcing people out of their positions without due process? All members of the executive are interim people. They should follow the directive of the national secretariat and not that of the governor’s office. We won’t allow it.”