Scores of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo state on Monday, protested against what they described as planned imposition of candidates by the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi ahead of the May 12th local government election in the state.
According to The Nation, aggrieved members stormed the Oke-Ado State Secretariat of the party which also doubles as the campaign office of the governor since early hours of Monday, insisted that there will be no local government election in the party without free, fair and credible primary which will encompass all groups within the party from wards to local governments.
However, the state party Chairman, Chief Akin Oke said there is no tangible reason why some groups in party could decide to protest an invisible list of candidates.
Chief Oke while reacting to the protest alleged that those protesting were being misguided by some disgruntled elements in the party, those who do not wish the party well.
But , adamant aggrieved members who claimed that list of aspirants were being manipulated , alleged that the governor has perfected plans to substitute the delegates’ list with his own people so that only those who are loyal to him can emerge as candidates of the party.
The protesters carried placards with different inscriptions such as “Stop imposition of candidates Ajimobi”, “APC do not belong to SENACO alone”, “No credible list, no election” etc .among other unprintable words .
They blocked the popular Molete-Oke Ado- Dugbe Road for several hours , leading to traffic gridlock in the area.
It took concerted efforts of the men of the joint state security outfit, code named “Operation Burst” to bring the situation under control.
Later, the State Secretary of the party, Mr. Mojeed Olaoya who was asked to speak on the protest accused two leaders of the party – former Special Adviser on Political Matter to the governor, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle and ex- Chairman, Caretaker Committee for Ibadan North West local government, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun of orchestrating the crisis in the party.
The state scribe while speaking further said he was surprised that journalists have bombarded the secretariat to monitor the protest as he accused them of being biased.
Olaoya said “When the governor was here to address party members on the proposed local government election, none of you were here, now that some members of the party that have benefitted immensely from the party, Fatai Ibikunke and Wasiu Olatunbosun who have benefited from the party are now sponsoring some people against the party. “