Division In Oyo APC As Factions Hold Parallel State Congresses

Venues of the parallel APC State Congress holding in Oyo State on Saturday, May 19. PIC 1: Adamasingba Sports Complex,

Venues of the parallel APC State Congress holding in Oyo State on Saturday, May 19. PIC 1: Adamasingba Sports Complex, Ibadan PIC 2: Obafemi Awolowo stadium, liberty road, Oke-Ado Ibadan.

 

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State, has suffered a great split as the party is currently holding two separate state congresses in Ibadan, the state capital.

One of the factions is loyal to the state Governor Abiola  Ajimob while the second faction is known as “Unity Forum.”

The faction loyal to the state governor is holding it congress in Adamasingba Sports Complex in Ibadan.

The second faction, Unity Forum is holding its congress at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Liberty road, Oke-Ado, also in Ibadan the state capital.

Two groups had last week held two parallel local government congresses due to the lingering crisis that had rocked the party after its ward congresses were held.

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Oyo APC: eight aspirants for governor

The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Party (APC) has said only eight aspirants have shown interest in next

Ajimobi

The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Party (APC) has said only eight aspirants have shown interest in next year’s governorship race.

Over 15 APC aspirants are currently jostling to succeed Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

The Nation gathered that only eight of the aspirants had visited the party’s secretariat in Ibadan, the state capital, to express their intention to contest the election.

Those who have informed the party include Deputy Governor Moses Alake-Adeyemo; legal icon, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN); former Commissioner for Works Dr Yunus Akintunde; Communication Minister Adebayo Shittu; Senator Fatai Buhari; Aderemi Olaniyan; Dr Kola Balogun and Mr Akeem Agbaje.

The party officials said the other aspirants were merely exercising their rights to contest election.

According to them, APC is not yet aware of their ambition to contest the governorship race.

Other aspirants are: former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala; Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Survey, Mr Ajiboye Omodewu; his Health counterpart, Dr Azeez Adeduntan; Prof. Adeolu Akande; Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bayo Adelabu and Senator Adesoji Akanbi.

While many of the aspirants hail from Ibadan and Oke-Ogun areas of the state, Alao-Akala and Buhari hail from Ogbomoso. Only Dr Akintunde hails from Oyo.

The party is currently preparing for a local government election on May 12.

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