2023: Group Kicks Against Abiodun's Backdoor Endorsement - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

2023: Group Kicks Against Abiodun's Backdoor Endorsement





The Daily Crucible | Published Thursday, December 9, 2021

Real Progressives Group, a group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State, has faulted the endorsement of Governor Dapo Abiodun for a second term in office. 

The group said the recent pronouncement by the Local Government Party Chairman, Hon. Adetunji Fagbenro, that the Governor remains the sole candidate for 2023 elections was nothing but a questionable arrangement and a charade which smacks of disguised eye service. 

In a statement signed by Leke Adebayo on behalf of the group and made available to newsmen, the group declared that no endorsement has been carried out by the APC in Abeokuta South Local Government. 

Amid the possibility of having direct primary in selecting party candidates for the 2023 elections, the group also noted that restricting the fate of the party to an "uninspiring and lackluster option" may result in ugly consequences.

The group, in its statement entitled, "2023: No to backdoor endorsement in APC, group warns" advocated that due process must be followed in arriving at any endorsement.  

The statement read, "Our attention has been drawn to the purported endorsement of Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, for a second term in office by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abeokuta South Local Government Area on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The bizarre development, as reported by some online publications, was orchestrated by the Local Government Party Chairman, Hon. Adetunji Fagbenro aka Agbomola, during what was termed an extraordinary meeting held at the Party Secretariat, Oke Ejigbo, Abeokuta.

"In declaring support for Governor Abiodun's re-election bid, Fagbenro and his band of praise-singers reportedly claimed that the Governor has performed wonderfully well than all his predecessors and that the Governor remains their sole candidate for 2023 elections. What performance yardstick was used to catapult a governor that was widely perceived as the most corrupt and clueless of all the Governor's in recent times? 

"While we are not out to begrudge Fagbenro over his preposterous preferences, we want to alert the entire members of APC and the general public that the purported endorsement of the Governor for a second term was nothing but a questionable arrangement and a charade which smacks of disguised eye service and indicative of the pervasive corruption of the administration. It is simply laughable, to say the least.

"For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to inform the public that no endorsement has been carried out by the Party in Abeokuta South Local Government. It is instructive to note that for any endorsement to be effected, there must have been due diligence and due process which would be heralded by meetings and consultations among the elected and appointed political office holders, party officials, elders and leaders of thought, various caucuses and critical stakeholders from the Local Government.

"In this instance, nothing of such meetings and consultations had taken place before the so-called endorsement was pronounced. Therefore, the said pronouncement is dead on arrival. 

"At a time the APC national leadership is pushing for more inclusiveness in the party and paying attention to giving greater role to the teeming members, we expect leaders at the grassroots level to also key in and play complementary roles rather than muddling up the political waters and muzzling alternative expressions within the fold. 

"We wish to state emphatically that we are not aversed to Governor Abiodun's re-election in any way. But since ours is a democratic setting where multiple choices and considerations are allowed, we desire due process to be followed in arriving at any endorsement. There should not be any kangaroo method or backdoor approach to gubernatorial candidacy.

"Amid the possibility of having direct primary in selecting party candidates for the 2023 elections, restricting the fate of our Party to an uninspiring and lackluster option may result in ugly consequences. The electorate is becoming more sophisticated and cannot be hoodwinked anymore.

"The memory of the patently rigged primary 2019 election is still fresh in our minds. In Abeokuta South Local Government, the discerning majority of members will not take that road to perdition as the 2023 elections draw near," the statement concluded.



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