Leaders in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State have petitioned the national headquarters of the party to be conscious of the legal implications of taking any decision that runs against the guidelines of the party over the disputed ward congress in the state.
Since May 5, 2018, when the ward congress of the party held nationwide, the party, especially in Oyo State has been divided owing to failure of supporters of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to pay for nomination forms.
Though the national working committee of the party is yet to make any formal statement on the issue, the leaders said the petition became imperative following the relocation of “Governor Ajimobi to Abuja and his daily visit to the APC National Secretariat and his claims that the officers of the party are now all in his pocket.”
The statement, which was signed by many leaders of the party, recalled how the legal books of the nation are replete with cases where the purported election of candidates by illegal party executives forms the basis for the nullification of such elections.
The memorandum which was copied to President Muhammadu Buhari reads:
Concerned Leaders of APC, Oyo State
The National Chairman,
All Progressives Congress,
Beware of the Legal Implications of Condoning Illegality in the Conduct of the Ward Congress in Oyo State.
We are concerned members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State.
We are constrained to address this memorandum to all members of the National Working Committee of our great party.
In the last few weeks, the APC in Oyo State has been in the news. The bone of contention has been the outcome of the ward congress held in the state on Sunday May 6, 2018.
The Unity Forum comprising 90 per cent of the elders caucus of the party; two of the three senators from the state; 9 of the 14 House of Representatives members; seven gubernatorial aspirants including the Minister of Communications; 15 former commissioners under Governor Abiola Ajimobi; 26 former local government caretaker chairmen, 18 of the 26 present state executive members of the party and the party executive committees in 25 of the 33 local government councils and thousands of party members have claimed that aspiring ward party executive members who are loyal to Governor Abiola Ajimobi failed to pay for collect nomination forms for the ward congress in as stipulated by the guidelines of the party. In response to this allegation, the loyalists to the governor submitted a Transfer Form of First Bank, Agodi Branch, Ibadan for the sum of N20, 060,000 as evidence of payment.
However, available evidence has only confirmed that three loyalists of the governor namely Akeem Adeyemi, Said Fijabi and Segun Odebunmi paid N20,060,000(Twenty Million and Sixty Thousand Naira Only in five lump sums of Four Million and Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) to the APC Account with the Agodi Ibadan branch of the First Bank on Monday, May 7th, a day after the ward congress. The questions that arise are:
i. Could loyalists of Governor Ajimobi have paid twice for the same set of forms (On May 4th and again on May 7th, 2018?
ii. If the loyalists of Governor Ajimobi actually paid on Monday May 7th, could that have sufficed for the claim that they satisfied the guidelines of the APC Congress which stipulates that candidates must pay for, collect nomination forms and return the forms 24 hours to the congress?
iii. If loyalists of Governor Ajimobi actually paid for the nomination forms a day after the congress, what was the basis on which they claim to have participated in the congress?
iv. What, against this background, form the basis that the loyalists contested and won the ward congress?.
v. If it is established that the Bank Transfer Form dated May 4th paraded by loyalists of the governor are fake, has the financial laws of the country not been contravened and crime committed?
vi. Should the culprits involved in such falsification of banking documents and grand deception of the APC not be handed over to the EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies in line with the anti-corruption stand of President Muhammadu Buhari?
We are therefore constrained to call the attention of the National Working Committee of our great party to this unsavoury development in Oyo State. We note with concern the relocation of Governor Ajimobi to Abuja and his daily visit to the APC National Secretariat and his claims that the officers of the party are now all in his pocket.
The NWC should be conscious of the legal implications of taking any decision that runs against the guidelines of the party. Our national legal books are replete with cases where the purported election of candidates by illegal party executives forms the basis for the nullification of such elections. We should not jeopardise the national convention of our party and the chances of APC in Oyo State in the 2019 elections by condoning illegal party executives and delegates.
We pray that God will guide you right in your decision on the matter.
God bless APC. God bless Nigeria.
Dr Busari Adebisi, former Secretary to Oyo State Government and Chairman, Elders Caucus of APC. Ibadan Zone
Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi, former Chairman, Teaching Service Commission of Oyo State and Chairman, Elders Caucus of APC, Oke Ogun Zone
Chief Michael Jolaoso, former UPN Commissioner for Works and Chairman, Elders Caucus of APC, Ibarapa Zone
Chief Isiaka Alimi, Deputy Chairman of the State Executive Committee of APC
Chief Goke Oyetunji, Senatorial Chairman, APC, Oyo North Senatorial Zone
Chief Emmanuel Oyewusi, Senatorial Chairman, Oyo Central Senatorial Zone
Alhaji Sulaiman Ajibade, Leader, Saki West Local Government
Hon Lasun Adebunmi Former State Secretary, Alliance for Democracy (AD)
Pa Samuel Ogundiran , Oyo Zonal Leader since Awolowo era
Prince Hon. Olanisebe , Oyo Zonal Leader
Alh Rasaq Lawal Akilapa , Oluyole Leader
Alhaji Olalekan Kassim, Leader, Iseyin Local Government
Chief Francis Babalola, Former Commissioner under Alh Lam Adesina
Chief Sunday Owoade , Leader, Orelope local government)
Engr Wahab Lanase, Leader, Ibadan North East local Government and former chairman Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State BCOS.
Chief Mayor Balogun , Oke ogun Leader from Saki East
Alhaji (Dr) Ahmed Ayinla, Ledaer, Olorunsogo Local Government
Alh Sikiru Anibire, Iwajowa Local Government Leader
Hon. Fatai Salam, Parliamentary Leader, 7th Assembly, OYHA
Prince Adepoju Afonja , Orelope Local Government
Elder Gbolagade Olarinde, Oluyole Local Government Leader
Hon Biodun Alade, Ogbomosho North Local Government
Hon Remi Adegboyega , Ogo Oluwa Local Government
Hon Abiodun Adigun Ahmed, Former Chief Whip, 7th Assembly, OYHA, Leader, Akinyele Local Government
Alh Lawal Adigun, Irepo Local Government Leader
Alh Jayeola Bankole, Ona Ara Local Government Leader
Hon Bola Fawole, Former majority leader, Oyo State House of Assembly
Pastor Akintokun, Ido Local Government Leader
Alh Akeem Okedina, Ido Local Government Leader
Alh Kayode Adanla , APC State Financial Secretary
Hon Lanre Tijani , APC State Welfare Officer
Alh Muraina Kakako , APC State Treasurer
Sunday Ogunmola , APC Assistant State Secretary
Hon. Rasak Gbadegesin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Adebayo Alao Akala
Dr Kola Balogun, former Commissioner for Commerce under Governor Adebayo Alao Akala
Chief Ezekiel Makanjuola Makenson, former Commissioner for Sports under Governor Adebayo Alao Akala
Hon. Temi Adibi, Chairman, Committee of 25 former Caretaker Chairmen of Local Governments under Governor Abiola Ajimobi
President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR
Mr Boss Mustapha, SGF
All members of the NWC, APC
Acting Chairman, EFCC
The Inspector General of Police
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