Ogun West APC 'll Not Succumb To Blackmail, Urges NWC To Ignore Tantrums Of Misguided Elements - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ogun West APC 'll Not Succumb To Blackmail, Urges NWC To Ignore Tantrums Of Misguided Elements





| The Daily Crucible | Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ogun West chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State on Thursday declared that it would not allowed itself to be blackmailed by any aspirant or group into excluding another in the race for the district's 2023 Senatorial ticket.

Ogun West APC also affirmed that an aspirant, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola having duly transfered his APC membership to Ilaro Ward 1 in Yewa South local government of Ogun is a bonafide member of the party in Ogun West and entitled to all rights and privileges of a member, including contesting for any position he so desires as guaranteed by the constitution of the APC and that of Nigeria. 

Reacting to a news item in a television station and unsigned communique by a  "Committee of Concerned Ogun West Patriots Under the umbrella of "Ogun West Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders," the 
Ogun West Extended Executive of the APC in a release made available to The Daily Crucible said the Committee of Concerned Ogun West Patriots is a gathering of supporters of former governor Ibikunle Amosun and the failed candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate in the 2019 governorship election, Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka, GNI.

The Ogun West Extended Executive of the APC in the said release jointly signed by Alhaji Azeez Mohammed( APC Ogun West Senatorial Chairman), Elder Lai Oguntade
(Senatorial Secretary), Hon. J. J. Akeran
(Chairman, APC Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area,LGA), Hon. Segun Olalotan(Chairman, APC, Imeko Afon LGA),
Hon. Taiwo Wepetoji (Chairman, APC, Ipokia LGA), Chief Kunle Adeosun(
Chairman, APC Yewa North LGA) and 
Alhaji Adenle (Chairman, APC, Yewa South), also noted that Senator Iyabo Anisulowo who spoke for the Committee, is an inactive member of the APC in Ogun West and in Ogun State. 

The signatories noted that Senator Anisulowo had refused to participate in the activities of APC since 2019, including leadership meetings of the party held severally in her backyard at Ilaro, adding that "she is a prominent leader of those who worked against the interest of the APC in the 2019 general elections."

According to them, Anisulowo membership, commitment and loyalty to the APC is doubtful while since her purported return to the party sometimes in 2021, she has never attended the meeting of APC in her ward but rather attempted to set up a parallel illegal APC structure but failed woefully in that direction.

They therefore called on these misguided individuals now parading themselves as ‘patriotic’ Yewa -Awori indigenes and “conscience of our people,” to desist from  placing their selfish pursuit and personal interest above the larger community interest as they have been doing over the years.

 The APC leaders in Ogun also called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to ignore the political tantrums of these elements who wanted to infect the progressive party with their old undemocratic and archaic system that had yielded little dividends to the party and Ogun West.

The Ogun West Extended Executive of the APC press release reads in full below:

"A news report in a Television Station and an unsigned communique allegedly issued by a  "Committee of Concerned Ogun West Patriots Under the umbrella of "Ogun West Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders" in the All Progressives Congress (APC) has come to the attention of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in the Ogun West Senatorial District of Ogun State.  The communique being unsigned suggests that the promoters of the said Ogun West Patriots are not courageous enough to openly identify with the communique and should have been ignored. However, because of the news report in a Television Station which put some faces to the identity of those behind the unsigned communique, the Ogun West Extended  Executive of the APC have decided to respond to correct the clear misinformation, blackmail and propaganda being promoted by the said Committee of Concerned Ogun West Patriots. 

1. An analysis of the names highlighted in the television report shows clearly that the said Committee of Concerned Ogun West Patriots is made of some of the supporters of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka. 

2. Senator Iyabo Anisulowo who spoke for the said Committee if at all is an inactive member of the APC in Ogun West and in Ogun State. She has refused to participate in the activities of the party since 2019 including leadership meetings of the party held severally in her backyard at Ilaro. She is infact a prominent leader of those who worked against the interest of the APC in the 2019 general elections and since her purported return back to the APC sometimes in 2021, has never attended the meeting of APC in her ward but rather attempted to set up a parallel illegal APC structure but failed woefully.


3. The APC in Ogun West therefore state unequivocally that Senator Iyabo Anisulowo membership, commitment and loyalty to the party is doubtful. Having not been participating in the activities of the party, she is completely ignorant about the affairs of the party and cannot speak on behalf of any organ of the party.

4. Contrary to the claims by the said  Committee of Concerned Ogun West Patriots that APC has been enmeshed in “controversies and acrimony”, the party is functioning as a progressive party and providing a level playing ground for all qualified aspirants who seeks the party’s tickets to democratically contest election into various offices.  Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, whose supporters participated in the said meeting of Concerned Ogun West Patriots being a senatorial aspirant has met with the Ogun West  executive of the APC and also the executive of the party at the local and ward levels. It is therefore unfortunate, that his supporters are now playing a leading role to discredit and undermine the party.  We only hope Prince Isiaka will call his supporters to order to allow due process and the choice of the majority to prevail.

5. Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola having transfered his APC membership to Ilaro Ward 1 in Yewa South local government of Ogun is a bonafide member of the APC in Ogun West who is entitled to all rights and privileges of a member including contesting for any position he so desires as guaranteed by the constitution of the APC and that of Nigeria. We believe that any progressive minded and patriotic member of the party who disputes the right of any other member to any privileges should approach the leadership of the party or a court of law rather than spewing sentiments and attempting to blackmail the party with unfounded allegations.

6. The APC in Ogun West is resolute and will not be blackmailed by any aspirant(s) to exclude another. The process for the determination of the party's candidates including for the Senatorial seat are clearly stated in the guidelines of the APC and will be strictly followed.  The majority of our members through the primary election will determine their candidates and not an unpatriotic, anti APC and desperate committee that is unknown to the party. 

7. We therefore call on this misguided individuals who now parade themselves as ‘patriotic’ Yewa -Awori indigenes and “conscience of our people”, to desist from  placing their selfish pursuit and personal interest above the larger community interest as they have being doing over the years and allow the wish of the majority of APC members in Ogun West and indeed Ogun West indigenes to prevail. 

8.  We call on the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party to ignore the political tantrums of these elements who want to infect our progressive party with their old undemocratic and archaic system that has yielded little dividends to the party and Ogun West

Signed

Alhaji Azeez Mohammed 
APC Ogun West Senatorial Chairman

Elder Lai Oguntade
Senatorial Secretary

Hon. J. J. Akeran
Chairman, APC Ado-Odo/Ota LGA

Hon. Segun Olalotan
Chairman, APC, Imeko Afon LG

Hon. Taiwo Wepetoji
Chairman, APC, Ipokia LG

Chief Kunle Adeosun
Chairman, APC Yewa North LG

Alhaji Adenle
Chairman, APC, Yewa South.

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