The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has blasted members of The Osun Progressives (TOP) over what it described as a delibrate attempt to frustrate the efforts of the leadership of the party in ensuring that the party remains unbeatable in the coming gubernatorial election.
APC said it could be discerned from the way and manner members of the TOP have started painting the party with the sole intention of tarnishing the image of the leadership of the party for their selfish interest.
The party however described the allegation of TOP, that the State Chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun colluded with the State Governor, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola to manipulate the membership register ahead of the party congresses, as unfounded and baseless.
Recall that the TOP Chairman, Adelowo Adebiyi had during a press conference accused Famodun and Governor Gboyega Oyetola of manipulating the membership register to suit their political permutations.
Adebiyi also accused the Caretaker committee, Prince Gboyega Famodun of high-handedness , saying he has refused to carry along the state Secretary, Deputy Chairman, Auditor, Publicity secretary and some other members of the state executives who do not tag along with the evil idea of selling the party ideals to the Governor’s group, the IleriOluwa.
But in a reaction by Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of APC in the State, the party dismissed Adebiyi’s claims.
The party also denied the claim that Governor Gboyega Oyetola manipulated the membership register, saying TOP allegation was a deliberate attempt to frustrate the efforts of Party’s leadership in their bid to strengthen the party ahead of the gubernatorial election in the state.
Oyatomi said Adebiyi and his members were just trying to disturb the coming APC Congress for a reason best known to them, noting their recent criticism shows that they are the set of opposition within the same party .
“We hereby state unequivocally that the Adelowo Adebiyi and his propagandists are merely clustering to the Congress of the party to make smokescreen names and score undue political relevance for themselves.’’
“We are surprised with the kind of the allegations and false alarm raised by the Member’s of top over the coming party Congress which is not peculiar to Osun alone.
“The allegation that the caretaker Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun and the Governor of the state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola manipulated the membership register is unfounded, baseless and deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of a performing Governor.
“We know they have their own hidden plans. They are just trying to disturb the process of the Congress because they feel jittery and looking for every means to weaken the party in the state.
“Members of the TOP are kind of monsters who could go extra miles in achieving their ulterior motives. This could be discerned from the way and manner they have painted the leadership of the party but it would not see the light of the day.
The party therefore urge the National leadership of the party and the entire members of the public to disregard whatever falsehood being sponsored by the splinter group calling themselves caucus members of The Osun Progressives.
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