By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare on Thursday declared that the reconciliation process in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is still stuck in murky waters.
Mr Dare stated this in a message he posted on his Twitter page on the recent reconciliation efforts in the Oyo State APC.
According to the Minister, there is the need for the raising of a normalising committee to arrest the prolonged factional crisis rocking the party in Oyo State.
“Oyo APC- the reconciliation process is still stuck in murky waters even as the APC National advances efforts to unite the party. A Normalization committee is urgently needed with clear TOR that will address contentious issues, not seek to just plaster them over.”Also on Thursday, the Unity Forum in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi, former Deputy Governor Moses Alake Adeyemo, Senators Olufemi Lanlehin, Ayo Adeseun and Soji Akanbi and former minister of communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, described the Otunba Adebayo Akala led Oyo APC council of elders as ” a contraption of PDP elements in the party who saw the meeting at Governor Fayemi’s Ibadan residence as an oppurtunity to foist a PDP leadership on our progressive party.”
Unity Forum in the statement frowned at the Governor Kayode Fayemi reconciliation move in Ibadan recently, saying, “we stated clearly in our initial response to the charade in Governor Fayemi’s house that the meeting deviated from the mandate of the National Reconciliation Committee directing it to choose three members from each of the two contending groups in the party to superintend the forthcoming registration of members in the party.”
“The flooding of the Fayemi meeting with over 60 representatives by the Gov Akala/SENACO group against the agreement of 15 representatives each was an ungentlemanly approach to politics symptomatic of the PDP elements who now found themselves in the APC.The present attempt to foist a PDP leadership on the party is a grand design to deny the people of the state a choice between the conservative PDP and the progressive APC”, it said.
Unity Forum added, “we have made it clear that the so-called Akala Council of Elders is an exercise in futility and cannot solve the lingering crisis in the APC in Oyo State.The past week has clearly demonstrated that the so-calleedz Akala Council of Elders,like the meeting at Governor Fayemi’s house, has worsened the criisis in the party”.
“What the APC needs is a genuine, sincere, all embracing and collective effort at reconciling the contending groups in the party. We regret to state that the present charade is a road to no where. We therefore restate our call on the National Reconciliation Committee to return to the Abuja Agreement of September 10, 2020 requiring each of the two contending groups to nominate three representatives that will work with the state executive of the party for the forthcoming registration of party members and other party activities until the dissolution of the state executive council alongside the councils in the other 35 states of the federation”.