Ogun APC Ward Congress Appeal Panel Begins Sitting, Receives 3 Petitions - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Ogun APC Ward Congress Appeal Panel Begins Sitting, Receives 3 Petitions

By Ayobami  Ife,  Abeokuta 

The All Progressives  Congress (APC)  Wards Congress  Appeal Committee/Panel for Ogun State has commenced sitting in Abeokuta,  the State capital,  with the panel assuring that all disputes or complaints  would be resolved amicably using the party's dispute resolution mechanism.

The Panel chairman,  Mr Segun Ojo, who gave the assurance in his snappy maiden press briefing, said three petitions have been received by the appeal panel, adding that the matter before them is a "family affairs" and would be "duly resolved."

Segun explained that there was no record of factions within Ogun APC, saying the meeting scheduled to resolve internal crisis going on between party members.

The Senator representing  Ogun West, Senator Tolu Odebiyi  was sighted at the venue of the Panel/Committee meeting, and  it was not clear if he is a petitioner or an observer.

Also, the  panel chairman  did not disclose the identities of the petitioners or the nature of each of the petition received  but The Daily Crucible reported earlier  that chieftains of the APC in Ogun State, including a former Deputy Governor, Prince Segun Adesegun,  had petitioned governor  Dapo Abiodun, expressing shock over alleged fraud in the outcome of the recent ward congresses of the party in the state. 

Adesegun, who was the Director-General of the Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organisation (DACO) in the 2019 general elections and other leaders of the party in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state said those behind the alleged Congress outcome fraud should be called to order. 

In a petition addressed to Governor Dapo Abiodun dated August 16, 2021, to register their displeasure, the APC chieftains alleged that the lists of elected executives at the just concluded ward congresses "were changed throughout the wards in the local government."

There are 11 wards in the Ijebu North Local Government Area. 

Beside the former deputy governor, others that endorsed the petition included a member of the state House of Assembly, Dare Kadiri, Alhaja Tola Quadri, Hon. Jayeola Olusola (Transition Chairman, Ijebu North), Prince Bode Adesegun (Assistant State Secretary), Hon. Bayo Adenuga (former Vice Chairman), Otunba Solomon Oduyemi (former Consultant), Chief Trimisimi Ogunkoya (former State Exco) and Otunba (Mrs) Oduneye Ronke (former Senatorial Woman Leader). 

Others that signed the petition are Evang. Ranti Otubaga, Bishop Ademola, Hon. Yakubu Lamidi, Adesanya Adebowale, Afolabi Olawale, Kamaru Olayiwole and Olatunji Moruf. 

They claimed that the  results of the APC ward congresses supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other monitoring agencies were changed throughout the 11 wards in Ijebu North.

The aggrieved APC leaders stated that they believed Governor Abiodun was not privy to the ugly situation, hence their decision to bring it to his attention and call those behind it to order. 

Their petition partly read, "We noticed with utmost dismay that the just concluded ward congresses conducted and supervised by INEC and other monitoring agencies were changed throughout the wards in the local government, it's shocking that the list sent to Abeokuta was not the same sent back to us, it is our believe (sic) that you are not aware of this ugly situation sir. 

"Sir, we appeal passionately to please as a matter of urgency to call the people behind it to order."

It was learnt that the petition puts a new dimension to the simmering crisis rocking the ruling Ogun APC which had been largely factionalized into rival groups loyal to Governor Abiodun and the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

The development came barely 24 hours after the Yobe State Governor and Chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, led a delegation to Abiodun's Iperu-Remo residence to condole with him on the death of his father. 

It was discovered that all is not well within the ranks of the ruling party in the state following the conduct of the APC ward congresses. 

Some party members in Ijebu North are pointing fingers at individual  in  government  and former state legislator, accusing them of being behind the changing of the lists of elected officials after the ward congresses had been concluded.

A party source in the local government, who craved anonymity, told our reporter that the lists of all the wards, except Ward 7, were changed to suit the desire of the two individuals  from the local government.

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