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Ogun APC Counters Harassment Allegation, Others By Guber Hopeful, Modele Sarafa


Modele Srafa



The Daily Crucible | Saturday, May 7, 2022

The Ogun State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed one of its governorship aspirants, sportscaster Modele Sarafa - Yusuf, over her claim that she was harassed at a meeting of the party's stakeholders in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Friday.

Modele Sarafa - Yusuf had on Friday wanted to join the meeting of the party called by the governor but was asked to leave.

She however alleged that she left the venue because the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Biyi Adeleye, who accosted her was spoiling for a fight.

"As a governorship aspirant, and with the primaries imminent, I considered myself a stakeholder and so, armed with my APC card, I went for the meeting which was also attended by scores of people.

"As I made to take a seat in the fully packed hall, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Biyi Adeleye, accosted me and enquired what I was doing at the Governor’s Meeting.
 
"Seeing as he was spoiling for a fight, I took the closest seat available and he followed me shouting at the top of his voice and saying unprintable words to the consternation of shell-shocked members.

"But for the Secretary to The State Government who literally held him back, I wonder what might have happened to me!
My security team, thereafter, advised me to leave immediately.

"Only last week, our campaign billboards that were properly paid for through a registered agency were torn down ostensibly on the orders of the government. Efforts to put them back up by the Outdoor advertising company were resisted, so much so that the bullied and harassed company has since offered us a refund," Sarafa - Yusuf claimed in a statement.

But responding, Ogun APC which  described the female governorship hopeful and elsewhile Special Adviser to governor Dapo Abiodun as not being honest in respect of her alleged harassment, considered her as a gate crasher for attempting to attend a caucus meeting she was neither qualified nor invited.

In a counter - statement by Tunde Oladunjoye, the Publicity Secretary 
Ogun APC, to dismiss her claim of harassment and other allegations, the party urged the former aide of Dapo Abiodun to note that "being an aspirant does not and cannot confer leadership on any party member, no matter how bloated such aspirant’s ego is."

The party added that many other people were excused from the said meeting, including former House of Assembly members and serving Special  Advisers,  Some of whom left voluntarily the moment it was openly announced that there would be accreditation.


Below is the statement in full:

Re: Model Sarafa Statement 

Our attention has been drawn to a statement making rounds in the media moments ago and credited to sportscaster Modele Sarafa that she was “harassed” at a meeting of Stakeholders convened by our party the All Progressives Party (APC) in Abeokuta today and she “had to leave on the advice of her security people.”

I say with all honesty and authority at my disposal that Modele-Sarafa is a gate crasher to a meeting of party elders and leaders, a State Caucus meeting, where she was not qualified to attend and was not invited.

How will she be taken serious if her invitation to such a high level meeting was based on, according to her, “information shared on the social media” and for which an invite was not addressed to her directly? 

Being an aspirant does not and cannot confer leadership on any party member, no matter how bloated such aspirant’s  ego is, but to the extent of attending a State Caucus meeting. For such leaders’ meeting, proper accreditation always come before commencement  of proceedings. Many other people were excused from today’s meeting, including former House of Assembly members and serving Special  Advisers. Some of whom left voluntarily the moment it was openly announced that there would be accreditation. This is not the first time we were having stakeholders meeting, which is usually attended by present and former governors, present and former deputy governors, current house of assembly members, past and present National Assembly members, current council chairmen, members of State Working Committee of the party (which means not even all members of state exco are allowed to attend), Local Government Party Chairmen, members of the Governor’s Elders Advisory Council, who are seventy years old and above and State Commissioners.

Where does Modele Sarafa fall into in the categories stated above? No where! She was a former Special Adviser to the governor, an absentee one for that matter; she never attended such meetings, even serving special advisers are not admitted into such meetings. When does an aspiration for an office, even the one that is not moribund, confer leadership and serves as ticket to all meetings? It is as bad as saying all presidential aspirants are automatically qualified to attend the National Caucus meeting of a political party. Of course aspirant Modele banked on layman/woman literary meaning of “stakeholder” due to her political nativity and arrogant disposition that she couldn’t decipher it was a State Caucus  meeting of our great party. 

Her allegation of destruction of her signages was not only baseless, but also a cheap sympathy-seeking method of a destined  loser. As, I write this, her poorly produced midget bill boards and other amateur signages are displayed in different parts of the state capital (your correspondent can confirm it).
If the increasing blackmail, desperation and false allegations were what Modele meant when she said her campaign will be unusual, as we have since discovered, then, it is very unfortunate, to say the least.





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