Some leading members of the party in the state dissociated themselves from a planned rally.
Barely a week after an interim national executive committee was inaugurated for the All Progressive Congress (APC), a major crack surfaced in the rank of the party in Oyo State as some notable members dissociated themselves from a rally proposed to hold in the state capital on Sunday.
Acting under the aegis of ‘Stakeholders’, the party members met in Ibadan on Wednesday where they agreed that ‘such rally at this period may likely be counterproductive’.
Among the stakeholders are officials of two of the merged and now defunct parties, All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
For the Action Congress of Nigeria, a serving Senator, Olufemi Lanlehin, was among the aggrieved.
In a terse statement released to the press in Ibadan on Friday, the stakeholders wondered why the organisers of the rally were in a hurry when the national secretariat of the party had directed against such rallies.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the berth of APC in Abuja last week after.
The opposition party subsequently inaugurated its national executive with Bisi Akande, former National Chairman of the defunct ACN, emerging as chairman.
It was after the Akande-led executive was inaugurated that the Oyo APC announced the rally that has now been denounced by some party leaders.
“We the undersigned on behalf of our teeming members of APC in Oyo state wish to unequivocally dissociate ourselves from a purported rally slated for Sunday, the 11th day of August, 2013 by a section of APC,” the statement read in parts.
Among the signatories to the press statement were Rasaq Folorunso, former chairman of the defunct CPC in Oyo; Abiodun Oladimeji, defunct CPC former chairman; as well as Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli and Kazeem Adeshile Adedeji, both of the defunct ACN.
Others include Sola Osotoye, secretary of the defunct ANPP; Adetunji Adeniyi, Assistant Secretary of the defunct CPC; Caleb Oyaniyi; and Adebayo Shittu, state governorship candidate of CPC in the 2011 election.
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