…Restates call for restructuring of APC
By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo
The factional Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Osun state, Hon. Rasaq Salinsile, has said that the inability of the State Chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun to manage the internal crisis rocking the party led to abysmal performance of the party at the July 16 gubernatorial poll.
Salinsile who addressed a press conference on Wednesday in Osogbo, the State Capital, accused Famodun and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of deliberately weakening the party in state by wishing away ‘dog-handlers’ and grassroots mobilisers who he said have been delivering victory for the party since 2007.
According to the former APC Secretary, Famodun and Governor Oyetola cheaply delivered victory to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 16 governorship election because of their inability to manage the crisis within the party.
He asked the National Secretariat of the party to immediately restructure Osun APC, noting that the only way to bring back the winning strength of the party is to reorganise it before the 2023 general elections.
Salinsile absolved members of The Osun Progressives from the allegations that they worked against APC and mobilised voters for Sen. Ademola Adeleke, the Governor-elect.
This is just as he said Oyetola and Famodun are in the process of ‘finishing’ the Osun APC because of their fresh plan to suspend leaders of TOP and others who have different views to theirs.
According to him, “Let me quickly note that they are up at harms to finish Osun APC with an instruction to ward chairmen to start suspension of members of TOP from the APC,” he said.
The text of the press conference partly reads, “Towards 2022, the party got divided into two with the former and incumbent Governors leading the two caucuses. Famodun felt so comfortable to side with one of them and make the enemy of the other because of lucre-immediate gain.
“Then we went to election and lost scandalously, even in our traditional safe constituencies and he start looking for a scapegoat. Famodun is to be told that he is an original failure and should be so told.
“The TOP which Famodun is trying to blame had offered to help him in resolving the matters that is affecting the party but his penchant for avarice, greed and corruption will not allow him to see reason.
“May we ask Famodun, is it the TOP leaders and members who he described as rebels, insignificant, not popular at home, not core politicians, etc that suddenly, in his warped thinking, become strong enough to win an election against him and his almighty government?
“It is only a warped and a heretical thinking that has brought Famodun to that inebriated conclusion. Is it TOP that make Famodun and other cabinet members lose in their various wards and local governments?
“We take Boluwaduro Local Government for particular example, with very small voters registration but with Famodun, three cabinet members and head of a powerful agency in town, the APC lost. Could that be the work of TOP? For those who operates a bad system, they will never see anything wrong in it until it crashes.
“The contents of those voice notes should be more than enough for modest and reasonable person to bury their heads in shame.
“The National Secretariat has a duty not to wait any longer. The wall of Jericho has fallen with Famodun’s confession and Osun APC should undergo immediate re-energizing, rebooting, re-energising for greater future performances”, said Salinsile.