After two years of animosity, aggrieved major gladiators in the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday returned to work together and approach the 2023 general election as a united house.
They attended a stakeholders’ meeting at Oke-Ado, Ibadan where they agreed to forget past bitterness and pains and put the party’s interest above personal ambition, in readiness for the commencement of the party’s membership registration and revalidation exercise and 2023 general election.
The impressive attendance of those described as critical stakeholders at the meeting indicated that the crisis, which started in 2018, might have been resolved.
The state Caretaker Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, did not mince words in expressing his delight over “the collective resolve of leaders, chieftains and members of the Oyo APC to work together as one and thus reposition the party for the task of winning future elections.”
Former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala appealed for greater commitment and synergy among stakeholders, with a view to making the party stronger.
He said: “We must swing into action as we have no luxury of time ahead of the next general election, in which we will do everything possible to reclaim power in Oyo State.”
Minister of Sport and Youth Development Mr. Sunday Dare eulogised the Akin Oke-led state executive committee for convening the meeting, which he described as “very important at this critical time when all hands must be put on deck to save the state from the PDP, whose conduct in government, so far, leaves much to be desired.”
Other speakers at the meeting included the lawmaker representing Oyo Central Senator Teslim Folarin; former minister of Communication Mr. Adebayo Shittu; Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin; former deputy governor Moses Alake-Adeyemo; Sen. Ayoade Adeseun; former secretary to the state government Alhaji Olalekan Alli; Tolulope Akande-Shadipe (Oluyole Federal Constituency) and House of Assembly Minority Leader Asimiyu Alarape.
The meeting resolved that Oyo APC shall be democratic in its political activities by embracing internal democracy, particularly in the area of party congresses and elective positions.
They banned activities of divisive groups such as Lamists, SENACO, PDP Reform and Unity Forum within the party and resolved that “Oyo APC is now an indivisible family poised to win future elections.”
The stakeholders agreed to work together with the national secretariat for the overall success of the membership registration and revalidation.
Other APC dignitaries who attended the meeting include: Prof. Adeolu Akande; Prof. Taoheed Adedoja; Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle; Akeem Adeyemi; Olajide Olatunbosun; Olaide Akinremi; Chief Adebayo Adelabu; Mr. Zaccheus Adedeji; Olatunbosun Oladele; Alhaji Isiaka Alimi; Jacob Bamigboye; Isiaka Kazeem; Wumi Oladeji; Olagunju Ojo; Folake Olunloyo-Osinowo; Bimbo Kolade; Dr. Isiaka Kolawole; Bimbo Adekanmbi; Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi; Alhaji Wasiu Dauda; Alhaji Olalekan Kazeem; Chief Wale Ohu; Alhaji Kayode Olayiwola and Lasun Adebunmi.