The crisis in the Osun State chapter of the All Progressive Congress has deepened as the Chairman of the Party Prince Gboyega Famodun and the Secretary Alhaji AbdulRazak Salinsile have disagreed on the adoption of consensus to choose party leaders at the ward level.
Members of the party are divided along supports for former Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and his successor, Gboyega Oyetola who has been accused of favouring only members of his political group, Ileri Oluwa in the scheme of things in the party.
The ward congress slated for Saturday has further pitched the chairman and the secretary against each other as party members are also divided on the adoption of consensus as method to elect leaders of the party at the wards in the state.
The party’s constitution, though supports consensus one of the methods. It however rejects consensus where even if there is a single member of the party that is opposed to it.
The secretary of the party in the state, Salinsile accused Famodun of personalizing the party affairs just as he said he has not been carried along in any of the party activities in the state.
Salinsile said on Wednesday, “The constitution of the party states that there are three ways through which you can elect candidates: The first one is Consensus, the second is Direct primary and the third one is Indirect primary –delegate system.
“By my understanding, consensus means agreement. If that is correct, stakeholders have to be invited and discuss over it and take a common position. But in this instance, in spite of the fact that I am the State Secretary of Osun APC, nobody ever informed me or discussed with me on anything consensus.
“I was telling the Chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun that this is not how to go about it and they have gone wrongly over this issue. If we are going for consensus, we have a list of stakeholders of APC in Osun, they should have called those stakeholders to sit down and deliberate on whatever we want to do.
“Each of us would be committed, make suggestions and at the end of the day, we will come with a way out. However, in this instance, they just selected Ileri Oluwa members and assigned them with the duty of going about and canvassing for consensus congress.
“In each Federal Constituency, they selected some people who are substantially members of the Governor group, Ileri Oluwa, to the extent that myself as the State Secretary of the party was not carried along and anybody that is not a member of Ileri Oluwa was not consulted or invited. Where is the consensus here? I told him it can never fly.
“If consensus means agreement, there is no agreement between us. Anytime from now, we are expecting the Congress Committee.”
Director of Publicity of the party Kunle Oyatomi however said on Wednesday that members of The Osun Progressives (TOP) were out to frustrate the party’s effort to use consensus.
He said, “We hereby state unequivocally that Adelowo Adebiyi and his propagandists are merely clustering to the Congress of the party to make smokescreen names and score undue political relevance for themselves.’’
"We are surprised with the kind of the allegations and false alarm raised by the members of top over the coming party Congress which is not peculiar to Osun alone.
"The allegation that the caretaker Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun and the Governor of the state, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola manipulated the membership register is unfounded, baseless and deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of a performing Governor.
"We know they have their own hidden plans. They are just trying to disturb the process of the Congress because they feel jittery and looking for every means to weaken the party in the state.
"Members of the TOP are kind of monsters who could go extra miles in achieving their ulterior motives. This could be discerned from the way and manner they have painted the leadership of the party but it would not see the light of the day.”
Oyatomi however did not touch on the issue of agreement within the party which could make consensus an option.