The Elders Caucus of the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, has expelled Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, the leader of a factional group, ‘The Osun Progressives.’
The former acting chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, was expelled for anti-party activities.
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, on Tuesday, 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 loyalty to the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
The communiqué which was signed by Akinwumi, read in part, “APC, Igbimo Agba Osun presided over by Chief Sola Akinwumi held her monthly meeting today the 25th May, 2021 and resolved as follows:
“That this body passed a vote of confidence on the administration of His Excellency, Alhaji Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola as Governor of Osun State and on the party leadership under Prince Gboyega Famodun as the State Party Chairman in Osun State. That this body re-affirmed her support for Governor Oyetola’s Second term ambition.
“That the APC, Igbimo -Agba Osun dissociates itself completely from a recent radio interview whereby a member of our body, Elder Adelowo promoted internal divisions within the party particularly on the formation of ‘The Osun Progressives -TOP’ and accordingly suspends the said Elder Adebiyi Adelowo, from the membership of APC Igbimo Agba Osun forthwith.
“That the body enjoined every member of our party to remain committed, loyal and resolute towards strengthening of our party in Osun state.
“That all citizens of Osun state are appreciated for supporting His Excellency, Mr. Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola in his strides towards upliftment of the state amidst paucity of funds.”
Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the APC in Osun in an interview with TOS News in March had debunked that the party has no faction.