Separate events show division in state APC.
Two separate events were held in Ibadan on Monday to commemorate the one year memorial of the former governor of Oyo State, Lam Adesina, who died in 2012 at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, after a brief illness.
The family of the late member of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, led by his eldest son, Ayo Adesina, held a Public
Lecture in his Felele, Ibadan, residence which had politicians across party divides in attendance.
While the family event was going on, the state government also held a programme at the Main Bowl of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan, which was well attended by leaders and members of All Progressive Congress, APC.
The two programmes witnessed mammoth crowds. Speakers took turns extolling the good virtues of the deceased politician, who, according to them, dedicated his life to the fight for better life for the Nigerian masses.
Apart from a lecture delivered by Mudashir Bada, an Islamic scholar, Mr. Adesina’s eldest son, Ayo, also launched a foundation, Ayo Lam Care Foundation, to continue the work of his late father.
Among the attendees at the Adesinas’ residence were Rashidi Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala, both former governors of the state.
Others were Olufemi Lanlehin, Ayoade Adeseun, both members of the Senate; Lam’s Deputy Governor, Iyiola Oladokun; and Chairman, Odu’a Group of Companies, SarafadeenAlli; and Abdul-AzeezArisekola-Alao, The separate events somehow confirmed the crack within the ranks of the state APC.
Some known party members, including Mr. Lanlehin, a senator, opposed to the second term ambition of the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, only attended the programmes organised by the family.
However, national leaders of the party, apparently stood by the governor as none of them appeared at the former governor’s house.
A former Governor of Osun state and interim National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande; national leader of the party and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu; Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola; and other party leaders in the state were among notable individuals, who attended the state’s Adamasingba event.
Mr. Ajimobi used the occasion to appeal to all party members, particularly the aggrieved, to work together in order to retain power
in the coming election.
He said the deceased former governor had endorsed him before his death, saying others should be on the queue for him to finish his
Popularly called ‘The Great Lam’, Mr. Adesina was the governor of Oyo State between 1999 and 2003.
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