The outgoing chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke has reacted to an allegation that former Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun is behind the crisis rocking the progressive family in the state, saying he didn’t have facts.
Oke, in a chat with The Guardian newspaper, said, “At my level and age, to comment on allegation that I don’t have facts relating to it is difficult. I am aware that in the last election he (Amosun) didn’t support us, but for me to now accuse him where I don’t have the facts, would be unfair”.
“At least, in the present scenario that would not be fair. But now that it has been raised, I will start doing my investigation too because by now, he (Amosun) ought to have seen the handwriting on the wall and leave us alone” oke stated.
The State Affairs NG reported that a group in Oyo State chapter of APC, The United Front (TUF) urged President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the party to resist moves by Amosun to hijack the party structure in the state.
The group alleged that Amosun is the one sponsoring members of Unity Forum within Oyo APC, which consists Prof. Adeolu Akande, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, Barr. Bayo Shittu, Dr. Ismail Adewusi, among others, to divide the party into intractable fragments.
According to the group, “Amosun takes absolute delight in the fragmentation of Oyo APC for the purpose of extending the web of schism he established in the party to other parts of the Southwest. His divisive ego-trip in Oyo can be traced to the build up to the 2019 elections when he extensively bankrolled Unity Forum to tear the fabric of the party’s wholeness apart, a move that triggered the inevitable lacklustre performance of the party in the gubernatorial polls.
Reacting to the allegation, Senator Ibikunle Amosun denied being a party to the crisis in Oyo APC
According to a statement released the lawmaker’s Media Office, Bola Adeyemi, like every other politician of his status, Amosun has friends and associates in all parts of Nigeria and such politicians cut across party lines.
The statement noted that Amosun’s nationwide relationship does not translate to him interfering in the domestic internal affairs of the political parties they belong to and in the states they come from.
“It remains unthinkable why Senator Amosun’s name is being dragged into a matter which he knows nothing about. Senator Amosun will rather advise members of the APC in Oyo State to find a way to resolve their differences rather than engaging in name dropping”.
“For the records, Senator Amosun is not involved in the politics of APC in Oyo State or the politics of other parties in Oyo or any State in Nigeria”.
“We call on the media to please fact check political allegations to establish their veracity before publication in their media outlets” the statement concluded.