Former Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and his counterpart from Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the current Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed may have lost out in the ongoing All Progressive Congress Held in their various states of Ogun, Osun and Kwara state, urban Express News-online have learnt
A member of the party’s national caucus, who confided in one of our correspondents, also said in non-APC states, the party would recognise congresses endorsed by the highest political office holders in such states.
It was gathered that if the party’s stand was anything to go by, chieftains of the party including Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, might lose out on the power tussle in their states.
Meanwhile, In Ogun State, a faction loyal to a former Governor of the state, Senator Amosun, which held its congress at the palace of Alake of Egbaland, elected Chief Derin Adebiyi as the chairman.
But another faction supported by the incumbent Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, held its congress at the MKO Abiola Stadium, where Chief Yemi Sanusi, emerged as the chairman.
In Osun State, parallel congresses were also held by groups loyal to the state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his predecessor, Aregbesola.
In Kwara State, groups loyal to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammed also elected different officers.
The Chairman of the Osun State Congress of the APC, Mr Gbenga Elegbeleye, said his committee was unaware of other congress in the states besides the one it supervised.
Elegbeleye said this on Sunday while presenting the report of his committee at the state secretariat of APC in Osogbo.
Reacting to the parallel congress held by the Aregbesola faction, Elegbeleye explained that before the exercise, the committee met with stakeholders, adding that the mandate of the panel was to conduct the exercise in line with the constitution of the APC, which was followed.
He said, “I am not aware of any congress elsewhere in Osun State. Nobody notified me or any member of this committee. We are seven in number. What we don’t know, we don’t act on it.”
“So, if we came here to announce the venue of the congress and somebody went to any shrine to do anything, certainly that maybe funeral or marriage ceremony, but not a congress.”
But in reaction, the APC factional secretary, Lani Baderinwa, berated Elegbeleye saying the Osun congress chairman should be aware that the national secretariat of the party sold nomination forms to members belonging to the faction to contest for party offices.
“He came here to do a dirty job and he has completed it. There is no reasonable committee chairman that would be aware that the national secretariat sold two sets of forms and would be saying he was not aware of our congress,” Baderinwa concluded.
Also, Lowo Adebiyi, the Chairman of The Osun Progressives, a faction within Osun APC backed by Aregbesola, told one of our correspondents that the national caretaker committee was serving the interest of governors