Chairman of The Osun Progressives, and former acting chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria Mr. Lowo Adebiyi, has expressed his concerns on Wednesday, over the future of the All Progressives Congress in Osun state.
He said, “The point I am making is that at the next Congress of the party, let us have democratically elected executives. Even if it is going to be consensus, let the aspirants sit and agree.
“Not that someone will sit in his sitting room and say this is going to be your chairman. The government is almost three years and we have over one year ahead of us. Our concern is the Congress of the party. TOP is not about the governorship. But we believe we need formidable hands to run the party.
“The motion passed by the Igbimo agba (Elders’ Caucus) endorsing him (Oyetola) for second terms, what are the plans? Are we just endorsing without a plan?
While responding to the issues brought up by Adebiyi, Secretary, Elders’ Caucus of Osun APC, Mr. Akin Omolaoye, said the splinter group headed by the ex-acting chairman, was a deviation that could not be tolerated by the caucus.
Omolaoye said, “The existence of Ilerioluwa, Oranmiyan, The Osun Progressives (TOP) and any other group is an aberration. A group is used to press in the interest of a given individual that is not physically known but he is agitating to become something.”
Mr. Adebiyi was expelled by the Elders Caucus of the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, for anti-party activities in a communiqué signed by former Secretary to the Government of the State of Osun, Chief Sola Akinwunmi, on Tuesday.
The factional APC group, with the acronym ‘TOP’, is said to enjoy the backing of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who was named as chairman of its Board of Trustees.
Rising from its monthly meeting, in Osogbo, the APC Elders Caucus, under the leadership of a former Secretary to the Government of the State of Osun, Sola Akinwumi, while dissociating the APC from the activities of TOP, reiterated their unflinching support to the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.