Story By Akinola Emmanuel
The immediate past Oyo state commissioner of health and 2019 Governorship Aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chief Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntan has advised the chief Akin Oke led State Working Committee of the APC in Oyo State to step aside for the progress of the party and to reposition it ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Chief Dr Adeduntan gave this advice in an interview with some sections of the media on leadership crisis rocking the party which have led to serious division of the former rulling party in the state.
Chief Dr. Adeduntan who is also the Osi Bashorun Of Ibadanland said “the present executives should be encouraged to step aside for the progress of the party, if not, they should be sacked for new leaders to emerge.”
Speaking on who the cap fits as the leader of the party, the Osi Bashorun of Ibadan land argues, “I am also a leader, the leader of the party will emerge naturally, any imposed leadership is a recipe for disaster.”
“Free, fair and credible elections are the remedies. No fraudulent or cash and
carry primaries in APC. It is not stated in the constitution of the party that a
particular group should lay claim to its ownership. APC is not Alliance for
Democracy or Action Congress of Nigeria(which were tribal parties);it is a national and legacy party that was formed by
ACN, CPC, ANPP, NEW PDP and a section of APGA.
Whoever states that SENACO and Lamist groups formed APC is a buffoon and political
Adeduntan concluded by saying the party needs a committee of leaders, not a
single leader at this time. He advised any group or persons claiming to be core
progressives or divide the party along spurious lines,to go back to AD or re-register ACN.
Adeduntan meets reconciliation committee this week.