- The crisis rocking the Oyo state chapter of APC took another twist on Tuesday, September 22
- Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti had met with the aggrieved members in the state with a view to bringing peace and unity to the party
- But a factional group within the party vowed that it would not accept former governor Alao-Akala as the leader of the party in the state
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The reconciliation efforts to unite the aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state may have hit the rock over who becomes the leader of the party.
Vanguard reports that the crisis worsened when a breakaway group, Unity Forum, rejected a former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, as the leader of the party in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the reconciliation which was brokered by the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday, September 20, was threatened by the rejection of the former governor.
In a statement jointly signed by the factional leaders including former minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu, and three former senators - Soji Akanbi, Olufemi Lanlehin, Ayoade Adeseun, the Unity Forum said a report which was presented at the residence of Governor Fayemi did not reflect the true picture of things in the party.
The group said that Fayemi proposed the composition of an advisory council of elders with Alao-Akala as chairman, adding that when attempts were made by some contributors that the former governor be made the leader of the party in the state, it was vehemently opposed on two grounds.
The statement read:
“One, that the constitution of APC does not make a provision for a leader. Second, that given the recent experience of the party with dictatorial leadership, the council of elders should provide collegiate advisory leadership for the party instead of creating another possible dictator.
“This position became the popular theme in subsequent contributions. The opinion was so overwhelming that in his closing remarks, Otunba Alao-Akala angrily rejected the offer to be chairman of a council of elders. He said he was only ready to be the leader of the party."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some notable chieftains of the APC in Oyo state embraced reconciliation.
It was reported that the prominent members of the group include former deputy governor Moses Alake-Adeyemo, Lanlehin, Shittu, Professor Adeolu Akande and Adeniyi Akintola (SAN).
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