Oyo APC: Akala, Sunday Dare, Draw Political Battle Line As Party Chieftains Holds Parallel Congress
By Henry Odeh
The crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Oyo state chapter, became visible on Saturday July 31 as party members loyal to the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, and those loyal to former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala held different ward congresses in Ogbomoso North Local Government Area.
The two APC leaders and the chairman of the party in the state, Chief Akin Oke, are all from Ogbomoso North Local Government Area.
A former Vice Chairman, Ogbomoso Central Local Council Development Authority, Chief Ademola Olawale, told journalists that two parallel congresses were conducted to elect new party officials in Ogbomoso North Local Government Area.
He said, “We held parallel congresses in Ogbomoso North Local Government. Those who belong to Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala held their congress and those of us who belong to the minister, Sunday Dare, held our congress at the collation centre, which is the right place.”
A party chieftain, Dawud Sulayman, also confirmed to Sunday PUNCH that different ward congresses were conducted in Ogbomoso North Local Government Area.
Sulayman stated that the congress conducted by Akala’s loyalists violated the party’s guidelines.
However, the Secretary, Media and Publicity Committee of the APC in Oyo State, Mr Olawale Shadare, said no parallel congresses were held.
Sunrisebulletin.com gathered that the national body of the party had issued a No-parallel Congress directive to party members prior to the Saturday Congress warning that the party would not hesitate to sanction any erring member who defies the directive.
Shadare has however assured that the party would look into the crises at some of the wards.