Modele Sarafa, Opayemi, Others Call For Direct Primaries, Alleged Manipulation Of Ogun APC Delegates Congresses - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Modele Sarafa, Opayemi, Others Call For Direct Primaries, Alleged Manipulation Of Ogun APC Delegates Congresses

ABEOKUTA - Four governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state have written the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu protesting the manipulation of the process by a section of the party loyal to  Governor Dapo Abiodun.

The governorship aspirants and 34 other aspirants in different categories hinged their grouse on non release of elected delegates nomination forms by a faction of Ogun State APC secretariat.

In the sighted letter signed by Arc. Owodunni Opayemi, Modele Sarafa-Yusuf, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade and Biyi Otegbeye, the governorship aspirants and others said potential delegates perceived to be loyal to other aspirants were not issued delegates forms despite presentation of payment tellers for same. 

They claimed only handpicked party members who are deemed loyal to the governor were issued delegates forms and despite several protests by members at the state party secretariat, and letters to the factional APC Chairman by different groups, sham delegates "congresses" were said to have been held in Ogun state on Wednesday, where the charade was legitimized.

The aspirants,  therefore, called on the National secretariat of the party to conduct direct primaries and send independent and credible arbiters to conduct the primaries in Ogun state in order to ensure the real voices of the people are heard and credible, acceptable candidates are elected to confront the fledgling opposition party in the State.

Our reporter recalls  that Ogun State APC is highly polarized with at least three different factions with the Amosun faction, the Gbenga Daniel faction and the Osoba- led faction which the governor has apparently emasculated and which according to disenchanted party members has become a department in the Governor's office.

It will also be recalled that several letters had been written to the APC National Secretariat and INEC about the goings in Ogun State APC. 

In one of the letters earlier written to the party and sighted by THE ENCOUNTER NEWS, a potential delegate from Ijebu North, Comrade Femi Nuberu had called the shenanigans by Governor Abiodun and his enablers in the party, a great disservice to "our fragile democracy".

Echoing the frustration of other party members, the potential delegates said, "as loyal party members, we have paid into the designated account of our party for the purchase of delegate form and this is with the approval of the Congress of our ward. We got to our state party secretariat yesterday but were shocked to be confronted with unnecessary pranks. They pointedly informed us that  the forms are not available for us."

When contacted, the Publicity Secretary of Ogun APC, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye said he cannot comment on the petition since it was not addressed to the state secretariat.

Oladunjoye said, "I cannot comment on it since they address the petition to the National Chairman.

"They are the usual complainants, veterans of petitions, and unrivaled abusers of court processes.

“Imagine, they wrote to the national chairman, feigning knowledge of the existence of the Appeal Committee created by the party."

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