The internal crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State came to a head on Wednesday when two factions of the party held parallel primaries to select a candidate for the Yewa-South local government election scheduled to hold on October 8.
While a faction said to be loyal to Governor Ibikunle Amosun held its primary at the local government party secretariat on Leslie Road, Ilaro, the other faction believed to be loyal to Senator Olamilekan Adeola, who represents the Lagos-West senatorial district, held another at the Oba Kehinde Olugbenle Pavilion in the town.
Yayi, believed to be Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s favourite, is rumoured to be eyeing the governorship position in Ogun State.
Our correspondent learnt that the chairman of the party in the local government, Tunji Idowu, led the Adeola factional primary while other executive members were at the party’s secretariat.
While a Social Democratic Party returnee, Mrs. Bola Ajayi, who had earlier turned down Amosun’s offer to be a member of the transition committee in the local government, emerged as the chairmanship candidate of the Yayi group, Amosun’s faction produced one Jimoh Taiwo as the candidate.
Speaking with journalists on the telephone, Taiwo explained that the primary organised by the party’s chairman in the local government area had no backing of the state party’s leadership.
Taiwo explained that three other contestants had to vacate the primary conducted by the chairman after confirmation from the state secretariat that such a primary was not authorised.
He explained that the three other aspirants, Femi Edun, Taiwo Ayokanbi, and one Alani, stepped down for him as a consensus candidate.
But when contacted, the LG party chairman said, “Nobody is holding a primary here, we are only holding a congress.”
Meanwhile, efforts to contact the state secretary of the party, Toyin Ayebusiwa, to comment on the issue proved abortive as he could not be reached on his mobile telephone.
When contacted, the Ogun State Organising Secretary of the APC, Gbenga Ademosun, who is also the Commissioner for Cooperatives and Community Development, said whatever was happening in the local government was an illegality, adding that, “The party did not give such a directive and knows nothing about it.”