Following the swearing in of Chief Akin Oke as the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, the lingering crisis rocking the ruling party in the state took another dimension yesterday, as a faction within the party, APC Unity Forum, announced its decision to leave the APC for another one where its interest would be protected.
The public relations officer of the faction, Mr. Wasiu Olawale Sadare, made this known via his Facebook page.
The party, in the last couple of months, has been enmeshed in crisis over which of the faction will have the control of the soul of the party.
The two warring factions battling for the soul of the party are the one loyal to the state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, known as SENACO, and the one loyal to a former governor of the state, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, known as LAMISTS, now called Unity Forum.
The crisis culminated in the factionalisation of the party which made the two groups to hold parallel local government congresses few weeks ago.
The two factions later conducted parallel state congresses a week after the parallel local government congresses were held.
Sadare, in his Facebook post, however said the destination of the faction would be announced in few days.
According to him, “Breaking: Unity Forum leaves Oyo APC… Destination to be announced in few days.”
The planned defection might not be unconnected with the inauguration of COke as the chairman of the party despite his rejection by the Unity Forum members.
Members of the forum include the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central) and nine House of Representatives members. Others include Dr. Busari Adebisi, Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi, former Council chairman, among others.