- Chief Akin Oke announces that the APC in Oyo will not interfere in the emergence of new leadership for the National Assembly
- Chief Oke notes that even President Buhari stressed that he would not interfere in the National Assembly election
- The APC chairman wants members who feel they are qualified to contest for principal positions
The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, Chief Akin Oke, has announced that the party would not interfere in the leadership elections of the ninth National Assembly.
Oyo state has Teslim Folarin and Senator Abdulfatah Buhari as old members of the upper chamber. It also has Kola Balogun as a new member from the state.
The chairman made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.
“Even the president has said that it is the domestic affairs of the National Assembly and that he will not interfere.
“We can’t discourage anyone from contesting but if the party will support anyone it has to be from the national body and so for now, we are not interfering in the process.
“If members feel they are qualified, they can contest; it also depends on whether the party will zone some positions or not,” Oke said.
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Legit.ng earlier quoted a report by Sahara Reporters as inidcating that all is not well with the Oyo state chapter of the APC.
According to the report, Oyo APC chieftains are currently locked in a battle of wits ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari's announcement of a new cabinet.
Abiola Ajimobi, the outgoing governor of Oyo state, is said to be interested in filling the slot, while Joseph Tegbe, a governorship aspirant and Adebayo Adelabu, governorship candidate of the party are also jostling for the position.
The three-way battle for a ministerial slot is said to be a direct consequence of the party’s woeful outing in the general election in Oyo state.
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