The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, is reportedly in crisis as the state chapter of the party plans to expel the former Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, from the party.
According to This Day, some leaders of the party loyal to the former Governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi, are pressurizing the executives of the party in his Ward two and Saki West Local Government Area to expel him.
The crisis started when four APC local government chairmen, representing Forum of APC Local Government Chairmen in Oyo State, visited the former Minister calling on him to reconcile with members of the party, which he did not object to.
A source which was at the meeting noted that Shittu’s demand was for the party to carry out a genuine reconciliation which will allow the aggrieved members to have a sense of belonging.
The former minister added that members of the party, particularly those who belonged to the Unity Forum group, who purchased nomination forms during the last state congress but were not given the chance to contest in the party primaries, must be refunded their money.
In his other condition, he called for the dissolution of the party executives at all levels and to be reconstituted at the ratio of 50/50 between members loyal to Ajimobi called SENACO and the aggrieved members, who belonged to Unity Forum, which Shittu insisted were the only ones who bought forms during the last state congress.
Shittu added that the new chairman of the party must be elected from the Unity Forum, he noted that the previous chairman has always been produced by the SENACO group.
The source revealed that the party chairmen promised the former minister that they would deliver his messages to the leadership of the party.
“It was a candid discussion that the former minister had with the party chairmen, who told him that the meeting had the blessings of the leadership of the party in the state and that the conditions he gave were important and necessary for genuine reconciliation in the party.”
“They then assured him that they would get back to him after reporting back to the leadership of the party with a promise that the meeting with him was a step in the right direction.”
Further information has it that things got worse when the party chairmen reported back to the leadership of the party which accused them of trying to hand over the party to Shittu and the Unity Forum.
It was learnt that to stop the demands of the former minister, an order was given to the executives of the party in his ward-Ward two and Saki West local government area-to expel him from the party which the executives resisted, insisting that the former minister is an important and reliable member who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the party.