The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state has again come out to state that there was no plan to dissolve the executive committees of the party at any level even as it warned ‘identified renegades and desperados’ believed to be behind such rumour to desist or be ready to face the consequences of their actions.
This clarification may have come from the state chapter of the APC in response to a piece traced to no particular source but which was circulated in the social media on Tuesday in which the writer and sponsors said that plans were underway to replace the current leadership of Oyo APC with a Caretaker Committee which would be set up to comprise a chairman and secretary from neighboring states while its membership would be populated by those who left the APC for the Accord Party about 18 months ago.
In a statement issued on Wednesday and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, Oyo APC appealed to party faithful and supporters who got agitated by the “nonsensical propaganda material written and circulated by cowards and political vultures” to disregard the content of the poorly scripted write-up which was only aimed at causing unnecessary panic among the teeming genuine party members.
“We found it most unfortunate that some overrated political players would still take an undue advantage of their unsuspecting supporters by dishing out lies and misinformation at regular intervals with a view to retaining their support and loyalty. From the tone of the write-up, the source is quite known and the intention behind it is also not hidden even to a neophyte in politics. As.serious minded progressives, we can only laugh at the folly of those behind it while we also sympathize with the sponsors who have again shown their penchant for doing the same thing in the same way and expecting different results.
“To set the record straight, the latest futile effort was designed to whittle down the effects of the disappointment which the unscrupulous group met last Thursday at the court where a case instituted before a Federal High Court in Ibadan with a view to getting a verdict to dissolve Oyo APC executive committees was struck out for lack of merit. Those behind the nebulous litigation had assured their supporters of a favourable result which they wanted to use to launch themselves as owners of the party but they met a brick wall since God does not support hypocrisy.
“It is time we emphasized again that the current executive committees of Oyo APC was a product of legitimate Congress which was done the same time as those of other 35 states and the federal capital territory, Abuja. In as much as there is no case of misconduct or breach of Party Constitution by the whole of the State Exco or any other at any level, the cry of dissolution by the disgruntled elements anywhere would remain a mere wishful thinking. In the last general election; we did not only win the state for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we produced three Senators, nine House of Representatives members and four House of Assembly members. So, we challenge those labouring to hijack the party should provide their results to drive their immoral cause.
“It is on this premise that we are calling on the teeming population of genuine party members and supporters of the APC across the state to disregard any unfounded rumour relating to Exco dissolution while we are also assuring those who left the party at one time or the other but now genuinely willing to return that our doors are widely open. Our main focus now is on the forthcoming local government council election in which we are fielding candidates to win the 33 Chairmanship and 351 Councilorship seats across the state. We say no to distraction as we ask selfish and desperate groups and individuals to keep away.” The statement concluded.