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Protest: Oyo APC warns members against blackmail

Sola Adeyemo
Ibadan
Following a protest rally staged at the Oke-Ado, Ibadan State Secretariat of the All Progressives Party on Monday, alleging imposition of candidates by Governor Abiola Ajimobi ahead of the May 12 local government polls, the party yesterday warned its members, particularly aspirants jostling for party tickets and their supporters to desist from any conduct capable of bringing the party into disrepute or cause its leadership to lose focus.
According to the party’s Public Relations Officer, Olawale Sadare in a statement made available to New Telegraph in Ibadan yesterday, described allegations of planned imposition of chairmanship and councillorship candidates by the governor as a figment of the imagination of the protesters and their sponsors.
He said: “We are indeed embarrassed at the level which decorum was thrown into the air by this set of people, some of who we could identify as APC members in the state. Peaceful and purposeful protests are some of the essentials of democracy but when cheap blackmail is involved, it becomes condemnable.
“The allegation of planned imposition of candidates is not only a hoax but also something that should not feature in the present scenario. The state executive committee of the APC led by Chief Akin Oke has earned itself a reputation for upholding the sanctity of internal democracy as enshrined in our party constitution while the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has also demonstrated personal commitment to the ideals of the party.
“In the build up to 2015 general election, Oyo APC ranked among the best state party chapters where candidates emerged through transparent, free, fair and credible primaries. Neither the governor nor any other person influenced the choices made by delegates and we have not deviated from this path of rational conduct.
“Meanwhile, the seeming delay in the release of guidelines by the party was caused by the new development explained to all stakeholders by OYSIEC at a meeting last Wednesday when indications emerged that the recent delineation of wards exercise done in the state would be implemented at the May 12 poll.”
“The implication is that additional wards have been created but they have not been made public. It then became imperative to wait for OYSIEC which had promised to release the map and necessary documents this week to guide all participating political parties but as at now (Monday), nothing has been heard from the electoral body.

“It is also important to set the record straight on the issues raised by the protesters. There was never a time we received a protest letter or any other letter from individual or group concerning the need to conduct primaries since we know what to do at a time like this to satisfy all parties without running foul of the constitution of our great Party.

“Lastly, we are appealing to all aspirants and their supporters to desist from acting on unfounded rumours and unsubstantiated allegations coming from fifth columnists as we guarantee the announcement of the guidelines that would usher in free, fair and credible primaries as soon as we get updated by OYSIEC on the issue of ward delineation.”

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