Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State have described the meeting hosted by former Governor, Otunba Alao Akala as self seeking and an attempt to hijack the party structures.
The Chairman of the Core Progressives Forum, Pastor Olayemi Emmanuel, said in a statement in Ibadan on Monday described the gathering as a forum for ambitions without any intention whatsoever of reconciling aggrieved members.
Emmanuel continued that most of those in attendance at the meeting were not known to the progressives, and had inordinate ambition.
The meeting was said to be made up mainly of ultra-conservative politicians whose sole ambition was to hijack the structures of the party with the aim of foisting one of them as the leader of the APC in Oyo State in order to hand over the party back to the People’s Democratic Party where they all came from in 2023.
According to Emmanuel, the core progressives in the state noted that “the meeting that former Governor Akala summoned under the pretext of reconciliation on Saturday in Ibadan in his residence has nothing to do with reconciliation. It has more to do with ambitions.”
“The first ambition is the conspiracy to foist Akala on APC Oyo as a leader with Senator Teslim Folarin as the chair leader. Second ambition is to gather those gubernatorial ambitions together to design the hijack of the party.
“And as far as the core progressives and ardent followers of political developments the Akala’s reconciliation meeting remains suspect”.
Emmanuel added rhetorically, “were the people reconciled at the meeting? No. Rather we had the same party members who fell out with others at the meeting back-slapping and grinning.
“Where are the Unity group people? None of the known progressives and foundation leaders and members of APC across the zones of Oyo State was at the meeting.”
“Key party leaders from the immediate administration were all missing. APC Chairman was absent. Even the Minister of Youths and Sports who was in Ibadan and held a party consultative meeting a day earlier was conspicuously missing.”
“We as progressives know as a matter of fact that our leaders in the progressives in Oyo State would never fall prey to antics and deceits of the conservative politicians to take over our party under any guise and therefore urged the National Interim Committee and the National Reconciliation Committee for Imo, Oyo and Plateau States to totally disregard the Akala’s meeting as it was only meant to feather the nests of the conservative party, PDP.
“Also, where is the full report of the reconciliation committee by Akala? Has it been submitted to the party and vetted? Akala’s gathering was one to feather nests. Not reconciliation.” Emmanuel concluded.