Following the dust raised by the nomination of the immediate-past governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy national chairman, (South), the party has lashed out at those that betrayed it during the last election in the state, describing them as blackmailers seeking undue recognition. The Oyo State chapter of the party, on Monday, in a letter written to the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and signed by the chairman of the party in the state, Chief Akin Oke and various executive of the party, added that it has been inundated with the nefarious activities of some opportunistic elements and fifth columnists who were disturbing the media space with periodic tantrums in the name of attracting undue attention to themselves as political players.
The party said these political clowns would stop at nothing to rock the boat of Oyo APC from a distance since they were not part of the family again having left to join other political parties at different times, adding that the latest in the series of their shenanigans is the unpopular stand on the nomination of Senator Ajimobi for the post of the deputy national chairman (South) of the party. The letter added: "For some of them who were with us at one time or the other and that political neophyte being co-opted into the script, it is simply an act of betrayal against the person of Senator Ajimobi.
"As it is not in our character to profile any funny character under our roof, we cannot always help the situation when it is "black sheep that comes forward to reveal his status as a slave within the clan. The build-up to the crisis which engulfed Oyo APC in 2018 was the handiwork of some enemies within who were indulged for too long by the leadership of the party. The few agents of 'mutiny' acted to destabilize and weaken the party for the benefit of only themselves and some external forces without checks despite availability of damning evidence against them. No thanks to the magnanimity and the forgiving spirit of our leader, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi who kept preaching tolerance.
"In the end, the same divisive elements forced their way out but not until a sacrilegious plan to fractionalize was hatched and nurtured in what was called Unity Forum. The same promoters of Unity Forum partially succeeded in blackmailing the then Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, Chief Akin Oke, President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the national leadership of the APC in their bid to justify a plan to sabotage the party in the 2019 general elections. They were able to get sponsors from outside the state and with heavy funding; they made spirited efforts to give the dog a bad name so as to hang it.
"The then minister of communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, teamed up with serving federal lawmakers who included Senators Monsurat Sunmonu, Adesoji Akanbi, Messrs Sunday Adepoju, Adedapo Lam-Adesina, Abiodun Olasupo, Taiwo Akintola, Olusumbo Olugbemi, Olatunbosun Oladele as well as the likes of Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, Isiaka Alimi, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan (now the deputy governor of the PDP government in the state), Dr. Kola Balogun, now a PDP senator, Dr Adebayo Adewusi, Professor Adeolu Akande, Mr Wasiu Olatubosun, now a commissioner in the state under the PDP government among others.
Most of these people later joined the PDP, ADC or ADP and it is on record that they all worked vigorously against the APC in the last general elections.
Apart from Senators Akanbi and Sunmonu, all other renegade federal lawmakers contested against our (APC) candidates and lost woefully in the same election. Thus, they exposed themselves as lacking in electoral value.
"Therefore, it is a height of immorality and shamelessness if this unscrupulous set of individuals can still seek to mislead the public by claiming to have any stake in the APC even when there is no record of their readmission into the party anywhere after the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
"Funny enough, some of them held on to key appointments as chairmen and members of Federal Boards as well as heads of agencies of the APC Federal Government after cross-carpeting to PDP surrogate political parties.
In collaboration with some external forces which sponsor their rebellion, they did certain harms which resulted in the loss of President Buhari in Oyo State during the last election though with a slight margin.
But in the end, we still won two of the three senatorial seats and nine out of the 14 House of Representatives seats available to Oyo State.
"Pointedly, it is very pathetic to note that the immediate former deputy governor, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo, has eventually come out to identify with the group after months of denial and pretence.
This is a man who enjoyed an unmerited opportunity of serving as the number two citizen of the state for unprecedented two terms of eight years even against the wishes of his own people.
It was the same Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, who he (Adeyemo) is now fighting, that stood his ground and retained him as his deputy governor even when his loyalty and competence were in doubt. There were reports of his secret romance with some renegades and enemies of our great party prior to the conduct of the last general elections but Ajimobi kept indulging him for obvious reasons.
"Without any strong clout, Adeyemo qualifies for a liability to any political party at his age as a septuagenarian. He lays claim to being from both Saki East and Orelope local government areas in Oke-Ogun axis of the state but he cannot boast of having a modicum of home support from anywhere. It is worthy of note that our party lost two isolated (bye elections) conducted in his constituency as a sitting deputy governor and indication later emerged that he was a bad influence in the said elections.
"He made a futile attempt to succeed his boss in Office at some points in 2018 but he had to withdraw into his shell when he saw the writing on the wall as he was personally convinced about his lack of wherewithal.
"Your Excellency, the big regret we have concerning the several efforts they have made in the past is that we did not deem it necessary to reveal their true characters and identities to the whole world.
"Another one is about a number of innocent party members they brainwashed and misled into working against the APC in the last general elections. Now, we say; enough is enough! You cannot have your cake and eat it.
APC is a party with zero tolerance for indecent practices, indiscipline and sabotage, it stated. The Oyo State chapter of the party, however, reiterated its genuine confidence and unflinching support for the national leadership of the party, while it applauded the choice of Senator Ajimobi as the next deputy national chairman (South) of the APC, adding that the letter is conveying the general position of all APC faithful in Oyo State as it remains committed to the cause of APC at all levels and Nigeria as a whole.