By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Unity Forum in Oyo State on Thursday alerted of an alleged plan by the Oyo State Government and Governor Abiola Ajimobi, to disrupt the smooth conduct of the APC’s local government congress slated for this Saturday in the state.
Unity Forum raised the alarm in a statement issued by its Secretary, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun made available to newsmen in Ibadan on the prolonged factional crisis rocking the party in Oyo state.
According to the Unity Forum,the governor, who ” was still bitter about the inability of his SENACO group members in the last Sunday ward congress had allegedly concluded plans to prevent genuine party faithful interested in participating in the second phase of the nation-wide exercise using all the power and influence available to him. “
“Impeccable sources have it that Gov. Ajimobi is still regretting the self-inflicted political injury as he completely lost out from the blast of the whistle since he unconsciously disallowed his few loyalists from contesting the party executive positions at the Ward level in the rescheduled exercise of last Sunday. “It said.
The Unity Forum added “since the next leg will be a follow-up to the last exercise, the governor deems it necessary to frustrate those eligible to participate and the new plan is to hound our people with thugs and some compromised security agents with a view to denying them access to the Congress Committee team who would issue them nomination forms. “
According to the Unity Forum in the statement “Instructions have been given out to the disgruntled elements recruited for the assignment just like they did last weekend. This time, the miscreants are to be armed with more dangerous weapons, while they would operate under the protection of the state security task force (Operation Burst) to prevent prospective aspirants from obtaining forms upon payments to the designated banks.”
Alleging that “the new plan informed the false alarm raised in the media on Wednesday when the governor alleged that members of the Unity Forum were plotting to burn down his properties at Oke-Ado, a section of which serves as the Party’s State Secretariat. It is on this premise that those tagged as opposition to the governor within the APC would be denied access to the committee” it added that “we are now using this opportunity to inform the general public that Oke-Ado house of Gov. Ajimobi has since seized to be the state secretariat of Oyo APC and in the meantime, the Alakia South West zonal office of the Party is now in use as a temporary secretariat. The national headquarters of the APC is aware of this development and the expected congress committee team is welcome in the facility.” Olatubosun said.