Unless the leadership of the Southwest zone of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) handles the ongoing search for the deputy national chairman position that was recently vacated by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo with caution, the party stands the risk of running into a ditch capable of affecting it ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
While the Oyo State chapter has resolved to appeal to Ekiti chapter to concede the slot to it (Oyo) based on Southwest leaders and elders’ recent proposal, nearly all the stakeholders in Ekiti rebuffed the appeal, saying, “There is no room for sentiment in politics and neither does the party’s constitution give room for such.”
Chairman Oyo State chapter, Chief Akin Oke, has appealed to Ekiti State chapter for understanding over the controversy surrounding the decision of the Southwest leaders to move the slot to Oyo and possibly concede it to the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Oke also blasted those condemning the decision to give the position to Ajimobi, saying they are not genuine and committed members of Oyo APC.
But in a swift reaction, the State Publicity Secretary of Ekiti APC, Mr. Ade Ajayi, said though Oke has the right to plead “but any appeal now is a waste of time.”