By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The prolonged factional crisis rocking the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Oyo State took a new twist on Saturday as the party’s ward congress was shifted following a bloody clash between the warring factions at the party’s state Secretariat in Oke Ado area of Ibadan
Prominent among the stakeholders at the APC Secretariat included Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Minister of Communications Barrister Adebayo, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, APC State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke , as well as members of the House of Representatives and the state House of Assembly .
Announcing the shift in the ward congress at a stakeholders meeting held later in the day at the APC state Secretariat, Chairman of the state ward congress committee, Alhaji Musa Haliru expressed displeasure at the invasion of the party secretariat by suspected political thugs during which they disrupted the commencement of the planned ward congress
Alhaji Haliru specifically stressed that the invasion of the APC Secretariat by the suspected thugs and injured two of his committee members having concluded plans to conduct the ward congress was completely against what the party represents, saying, no amount of threat will deter his committee in performing their job.
The Committee Chairman however called for the opinions of the stakeholders after which it was unanimously agreed that the meeting be shifted to Sunday to enable the election with a view to accommodate aggrieved members who have genuine reason to contest the election.
“I must tell you that this is not the APC Buhari promised, this is not the APC we brought to Oyo state. I want to call on DSS Commissioner of Police to be prepared. They have been given directive from their headquarters’ he said
He added “I also want to use this opportunity to tell you that no amount of threat or intimidation will tamper the result of this committee. Having said that, I want to assure you that whoever said he has followers should go and test his popularity.In view of the disturbance, his committee in agreement with the party members in the has agreed to shit the congress to tomorrow (Sunday).”
New Nigerian gathered that trouble started at the APC state Secretariat when some suspected thugs invaded the Secretariat and chase away all those already seated at the Secretariat awaiting collection of their forms from the committee.
During the invasion, the Committee members, APC chieftains including the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central) and Honourable Adedapo Lam Adesina and some prominent member of the APC Unity Forum were sent packing from the Secretariat by the thugs forcing them to flee and regrouped at the Oyo sttate Police Command, headquarters Eleyele, where they later briefed newsmen.
After the Eleyele briefing, the Minister of Communications led the faction back to the party secretariat where the committee and Governor r Abiola Ajimobi urged APC members to embrace peace as members of the same family.
The governor said ” I want to tell all of you that the most important aspect of our government is peace. I plead with all of you, APC is synonymous with peace. We are all one family”.