Leaders of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) caucus in All Progressives Congress, APC, have accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s loyalists of withholding materials for registration, calling on him to urgently caution members of his SIA group not to cause division in the APC ahead of the forthcoming party congresses in the state.
This dissatisfaction of the CPC leaders was made known on Sunday in Ago Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun state, by the State Secretary of the defunct CPC, Godwin Odeyemi, while monitoring APC membership registration in the state.
Odeyemi insisted that the activities of members of the Governor’s loyalists detailed to monitor the exercise were divisive, and if not urgently checked, can jeopardise the strength and chances of the party at the next general elections.
“As Leaders of the defunct CPC in Ogun, we do wish to express deep worry about how these elements have been going about the harmonisation of our new party in the state.
“We think it was totally mindless and unhelpful for anybody within the APC to hoard registration materials and prevent other co-founders of the party at the grassroots from registering for the party, when there is a greater battle ahead of the party at the 2015 general elections”, he lamented.
The caucus cited cases in Atikori ward of Ijebu North among other centres in the state where loyalists of the governor hijacked membership registration and prevented other prospective APC members from registering for the party.
The group said it took separate interventions of the State deputy governor, Prince Segun Adesegun and Senator Gbenga Kaka at different times for some level of sanity to prevail at some of the registration centres.
The Leaders also expressed serious concern about the way the national leadership of the party allegedly skewed party harmonisation and membership registration against former governorship candidates, who are also state Leaders of their legacy parties, while tacitly handing over the process to state Governors.
They contend that such arrangement may affect the desired cohesion critical for party building and electoral victory due to inherent marginalisation in the process of harmonising the party stakeholders.
The leaders who later stormed Abeokuta to formally receive Ms Bukky Wright, a leading Nollywood Actress into the APC at Ijoko ward in Oke Ijeun area of Abeokuta were received with fun fare and pageantry by associates and supporters of CPC State leader and former governorship candidate.
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