There is a clear signal of acrimony among members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ifelodun, Boripe and Odo-Otin Local Governments of Osun state, as members have accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of imposing a candidate on the Federal Constituency.
They also berated the Governor for alleged highhandedness in the manner process of selection was done without the general will of the people concerned.
According to a protest letter signed by the leader of the group, Mr Segun Adejumo, a copy which was sent to Newsmen on Monday, Aregbesola and a former Secretary to the State Government, Engr. Sola Akinwumi were alleged to have declared one Rasheed Afolabi as the APC’s House of Representatives candidate for Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency without any contest.
Adejumo said Afolabi was declared as the candidate of the Federal Constituency at the Osun State Government House to the dismay of other contestants, which ignited immediate reaction to condemn the development.
Newsmen gathered that members of the party in the three local governments that formed the federal constituency have rejected the party’s decision, describing it as antithetical to democratic principles.
They accused Afolabi of anti-party and disloyalty, saying that he worked for the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the September 22 governorship election.
A member of the party in Ikirun, Bello Adeleke said APC would lose the House of Representatives election in the constituency with the alleged imposition, as he described the action of the party leaders as divisive.
Another APC member in Ikirun, Mr Rasak Marindoti stated that Afolabi has not been useful to the party, nor his community as the lawmaker representing Ifelodun constituency at the Osun State House of Assembly.