The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogbomoso is not at ease presently as aspirants to various legislative seats are getting overwhelmed by a feeling of disaffection over the alleged planned imposition of candidates.
Investigations revealed that many aspirants aren’t happy over what they described as jettisoning of democratic principles by party leaders in a bid to have their preferred aspirants clinch party tickets to contest the forthcoming elections.
It is recalled that top aspirant for the House of Representatives seeking to represent Ogbomoso North/Ogbomoso South/Oriire Federal Constituency, Chief Muftau Open-Salawu, last week dumped APC for reasons he hinged on lack of democratic principles. He is yet to name his new party.
Open-Salawu, dumped APC over alleged imposition
The Babalaje of Ogbomosoland did not give details of what he meant by lack of internal democracy but findings by ogbomosoinsightonline.com showed it is not unconnected with the plan to impose a particular candidate evident in the alleged cajoling and coercion of other aspirants including Open-Salawu to step down for the preferred aspirant.
Many party faithful are thus expressing dismay. They contended that as it is unfolding in the House of Representatives’ contest so is it occuring in the House of Assembly’s edition, bemoanimg that party leaders are working strenuously to have particular aspirants emerge to fly the party’s flags in the election. “This is unacceptable in a democratic setting,” an aggrieved party member said.
Supporters of Alagbe Joseph Adeniran, an aspirant seeking to represent Ogbomoso North State Constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly on the platform of the party, condemning the “undemocratic move” noted that their principal might consider dropping the party as well.
Alagbe, undecided whether to leave the party
They remarked, “Why should we remain in a party that doesn’t promote fairness? We will ask him to dump the party.”
In Ogbomoso South the same scenario is playing out and so, grievances are rife likewise. The leading aspirants in the party for the House of Assembly election in the constituency are Wale Adeleke, a.k.a. Arole Akala and who once served as chairman of Ogbomoso South local government, and a son of renown philanthropist, Dr. Samson Adegoke Maigida, both close associates of late Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala.
In the meantime all is waiting eagerly for the primaries of the party before the end of the month.