A group of aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress (APC) Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State on Tuesday accused Governor Dapo Abiodun of plot to impose chairmanship candidate at the forthcoming council poll.
Penpushing reports that the protesters stormed the party secretariat located on Moshood Abiola way Abeokuta, to express their displeasure to the party leadership with various placards alleging the Governor of playing pranks.
The group under the aegis of Movement for Progressives Change, Odogbolu Chapter alleged that, Abiodun was making efforts to upturn the resolution of the party leaders in the local government having made the choice of Hon Ola Olufunmilayo as a consensus candidate for the poll.
Penpushing also reports that, they argued that the move by the Governor to impose his choice candidate on the populace may set the whole Odogbolu political atmosphere in a dire state of confusion.
“We Say No To Imposition,” “No Internal Democracy In Ogun,” “Governor Dapo Abiodun Respect Party Primaries,” “President Buhari Ogun APC Is Disunited,” “Ola Olufunmilayo Is Our Consensus Candidate,”, their placards reads.
Penpushing reports that, spokesman for the group Ogunbakin Olugbenga, while speaking said the Governor had directed all leaders from each of council areas to go and streamline all aspirants vying for chairmanship into three, out of which one consensus candidate would emerge.
The spokesman explained that out of three aspirants in Odogbolu local government, the party leaders produced Olufunmilayo as a consensus candidate and forwarded the name for ratification by the Governor and the state leaders of the party.
Penpushing further reports that, Olugbenga said to their amazement the decision of the leaders in the local government was upturned by Governor Abiodun, when the result of their resolution got to him.
“Governor Dapo Abiodun had directed and summoned all leaders from each local government with directives to go and streamline all aspirants vying for the position to 3 ,after which the governor will use his discretion to choose the anointed from the three’, he said.
“The 3 successful aspirants from Odogbolu Local Government were sent to the governor and all other local governments did same. Further directive came from the governor again wherefore he summoned all the leaders to Abeokuta (Presidential Lodge) and told them he would not want to impose any candidate on any local government, thereby telling them to choose one out of the three submitted there and then, Odogbolu leaders were the first to come to a resolve through a voting process which produced Hon Ola Olufunmilayo.
“The name was submitted to the governor and he made the pronouncement of Ola Olufunmilayo as the name submitted for the consensus candidate of Odogbolu local government and he further asked if there was any dissenting voice(s) against the pick which none of the leaders objected to’.
“But to the shocking dismay of the entire party leadership of Odogbolu local government ,the governor Prince Dapo Abiodun upturned the resolutions of the leaders without any genuine or reasonable reason and imposed his choice candidate on the populace thereby setting the whole Odogbolu political atmosphere in a dire state of confusion.
“Will our national leadership fold its arms and allow this very obvious form of imposition and impunity by the Governor maim and kill the party in our dear Ogun State? We are appealing to the party leadership at the national level and also the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ,our Southwest leaders and Ogun State as well to as a matter of urgency intervene in this matter and save our dear party ,the APC from total collapse in Odogbolu local government and Ogun state in general as 2023 is just around the corner.”
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