Don’t let Ajimobi soil your ‘white garment’, Oyo APC Unity Forum cautions Tinubu
Following reported threat by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to dump the party should Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State loses control of the party in the state, the Unity Forum within has called on the party chieftain not to allow his democratic reputation be tarnished.
The group made this plea through an open letter signed by its Secretary, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun in Ibadan and released to this medium on Saturday.
Here is the copy of the letter and signatories:
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Open Letter to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Our attention has been drawn to the report in many online media about the purported intervention of your good self, the National Leader of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the crisis trailing the ward congress of the APC in Oyo State to the effect that you threatened to leave the party if our victory at the congress is sustained by the national secretariat of the party.
We are constrained to respond to such purported intervention, allegedly being sponsored by top officials of Oyo State government in the media, because of the threat it poses to our party.
You will recall that it was due to your intervention in 2015 when the elders of the party declined to support the second term ambition of the governor that we agreed to support the governor for a second term.
This was after assurances and personal guarantees by your good self and and Chief Bisi Akande that the Governor would turn a new leaf in the second term.
Unfortunately, the situation has gotten from bad to worse such that if we go into a general election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) today, the party will meet its waterloo.
As our leader, you will also recall that you are the one that championed the need for party congress and convention to elect new party leaders at all levels in accordance with the constitution of the APC at the National Caucus and the National Executive Committee of the party.
We commend you for this and plead that you extend the same logic of democratic conduct to Oyo State.
In the Ward Congress of May 6, 2018, Nine thousand, four hundred and seventy seven (9,477) party members who are members of the Unity Forum collected nomination forms and each form was endorsed by required numbers of party members.
Yet, Governor Ajimobi is claiming he had “Affirmative Election” to the exclusion of the thousands of party members who were involved in the nomination process.
Earlier, the governor and a handful of his allies in the Senator Ajimobi Campaign Organisation (SENACO), had handpicked all the chairmanship and councillorship candidates for the local government election into the 68 local government and LCDAs in the state.
The APC cannot continue in this tradition if we are truly a progressive party and serious about winning general elections in 2019.As the leader of the party, you are well aware that SENACO constitutes less than 30 per cent of the membership of the party in the state and the future of the party lies in the hands of other legacy groups which have, anyway, been responsible for the victory of the party in past elections.
We respect you and appreciate your contributions to the growth of democracy in Nigeria. We pray that you do not allow your white garment to be soiled by the purported unsavoury venture of truncating the wish of the majority members of APC in Oyo State. The mandates freely given to our ward executives by thousands of party members who trooped out in the exercise is not negotiable and should be sustained by the national leadership of the APC.
We pray that God will guide you right.
Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun
?Chief Adebayo Shittu – Hon. Minister of Communications
?Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu – Representing Members of the Senate
?Alhaji Isiaka Alimi – Deputy Chairman, State Executive Council of APC, Oyo State
?Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle – Coordinator, Lam Adesina Political Group
?Hon. Dapo Lam Adesina – Representing 9 members of The House of Representatives
?Hon. Segun Olaleye – Representing 18 members of the Oyo State House of Assembly
?Hon. Fatai Adetunji (Chairman, Parliamentary Caucus, 7th OYHA)
?Hon. Murphy Adigun Akinyele – Representing former members, OYHA
?Hon. Temi Adibi – Coordinator, Former 28 Local Government Chairmen
?Hon. Idris Lapade -Representing Former Local Council Chairmen (Ibadan 1)
?Chief K.K. Obisesan – Representing Former Local Council Chairmen (Ibadan 2)
?Hon. Saheed Adejare Yusuf – Representing Former Local Council Chairmen (Oke Ogun 1)
?Hon. Niyi Olabiyi – Representing Former Local Council Chairmen (Oke Ogun 2)
?Hon. Mathew Fasola – Representing Former Local Council Chairmen (Ogbomosho)
?Hon. Samuel Olorode – Representing Former Local Council Chairmen (Oyo)
?Hon. Yemi Akinlabi – Representing Former Local Council Chairmen (Ibarapa)
?Prof. Adeolu Akande
?Alhaji Dr. Yunus Akintunde – Representing 7 Gubernatorial Aspirants
?Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi – Chairman, Oke Ogun APC Elders Caucus
?Alhaji Lekan Kazeem – Member, Oke Ogun APC Elders Caucus
?Alhaji (Chief) Sulaiman Ajibade – Member, Oke Ogun APC Elders Caucus
?Dr Busari Adebisi – Chairman, Ibadan APC Elders Caucus
?Chief Bolade Akinyemi- Member, Ibadan APC Elders Caucus
?Alhaji( Chief) Gani Alade – Member, Ibadan APC Elders Caucus
?Chief Francis Babalola – Representing Ibarapa APC Elders Caucus
?Chief Biodun Alade – Representing Ogbomosho Zone Elders Council
?Alhaji Tajudeen Romoke – Representing Oyo Zone Elders Council
?Hon. Ope Salami – Representing APC Youths
?Mrs Romoke Azeez – Representing APC Women Caucus