Sikiru Akinola & Adebayo Abdulrahman
Despite the numerous internal crises currently facing the main opposition party in Oyo State that started during the primary election of the party ahead of the 2019 General elections in the country, another crisis is brewing in the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Sources within the party told OYOINSIGHT.COM that there are plots to remove and replace Chief Akin Oke, the chairman of the party in the state. Oke became chairman of the party prior to the 2011 general elections.
Top on the list of chieftains in the party lobbying to replace the Ogbomosho-born politician is Mojeed Olaoya, who is the current secretary of the party and Adefisoye Adekanye, who is the party chairman in Oyo south senatorial district.
Though it is not pronounced, sources revealed that both party leaders have started reaching out to major stakeholders within and outside the party to support their aspirations.
While Olaoya is reaching out to old members of the party and progressives, Adekanye is said to be campaigning with Ajimobi’s name as he is a member of Senator Abiola Ajimobi Campaign Organisation, SENACO. Olaoya, a former member of the Oyo State House of Assembly and Adekanye hail from Ibadan South East and Ibadan North West local government areas respectively of Oyo South senatorial district.
When OYOINSIGHT contacted Olaoya, he said he would not react to such “insinuations without knowing the source because they are unfounded.” He added that anyone spreading such information is attempting to destroy the party.
In his words, “I am not convinced about your source and I dont believe in insinuations. If I can’t get the source I can’t talk on it. Chief Akin Oke is the chairman of the party and he still remains.
”What kind of insinuation is that, I am not interested in the position. Anyone spreading such information is on an attempt to destroy the party and the party can’t be destroyed.
Reacting, Adekanye told OYOINSIGHT.COM that the information is a fake one. According to him, “everyone must have his or her own political calculations, I have mine too but I am not interested in Chief Akin Oke’s position. We still have a long way to go than to start looking for the chairman’s position now. Chief Akin Oke is my brother and it’s too early from my political calculation to start jostling for his position.”
He stressed further that he is a man of God who does not fight for anything, adding that he has never struggled for a post and will never do that because he only waits for God to make him anything he wants to become.