Insight Oyo has been told how the national headquarters of the troubled All Progressives Congress, APC, inaugurated Chief Akin Oke and others as state chairmen in their respective states.
According to a source who did not want name in print, Oke and 21 others were inaugurated in order not to create any vacuum or need for a caretaker committee as their tenure ends tomorrow, May 5, 2018.
They are like interim chairmen, pending the determination of the harmonisation committee, said the source.
Oyo is among the 22 states where APC is enmeshed in crisis.
The outgoing chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-Oyegun, in a brief speech, was said to have directed Oke and others not to inaugurate their state executives until the crisis in their respective states are addressed.
There was a mild drama, however, when lawmakers on the platform of the Unity Forum mobilised themselves to the venue to prevent the inauguration of Oke.
Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu and the 8 House of Representatives’ members, who chanted solidarity songs and protested the recognition of the faction of Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi whom, they argued, did not buy forms and therefore should not be sworn in, were later locked out and teargassed.
Speaking further, Odigie-Oyegun, who acknowledged that some states have issues with their executive and held parallel congresses was quoted to have said: “There is serious need for quick reconciliation especially in Rivers, Taraba, Oyo, Delta, Lagos and others. Let the chairmen here wait and not inaugurate their executives like the others until the issues with the Congresses in such states are resolved.
“I am going to set up a committee headed by the Deputy National Chairman, North to study the situation in such states for possible actions. There will be concessions and harmonizations after the exercise within this week” he said.