By Waliu Najeem, Damilola Olawuyi & Latifat Sulaiman, Osogbo
The All Progressives Congress, APC’s chairman in Osun State, Prince Adegboyega Famodun has revealed the rationale behind forum of APC state chairmen’s support for the National chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole.
Famodun, who was speaking with newsmen at the NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Thursday evening said the resolve to save Oshiomole’s job was informed by past political experiences and the need to galvanise the party against major crisis.
He explained that similar acrimony within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, while in power responsible for its abysmal performance during 2015 election , adding that the forum is working assiduously to prevent such occurrence in APC.
According to him, the party’s misfortune in Zamfara as well as nagging imbroglio within APC in Edo were not enough grounds to relieve Oshiomole of his job.
He argued that conflict remains unavoidable component of every political environment, saying the capacity to manage it without resulting to large scale crisis indicates political maturity.
Famodun said: ” We don’t have any choice than to support Oshiomole, we can’t afford to experience the calamity that befell PDP as a result of similar conflict which they failed to manage diplomatically.
“The essence of history is to guide future happenings, in that wise, the forum of APC state chairmen must do everything possible to save the party by rallying around the National chairman and also take steps to resolve other issues that are causing disagreement.
“We are also not unaware of certain interests that considered the leadership of Oshiomole as inimical to their political ambitions, hence, the desperate move to replace him. However, we are making every necessary arrangement to reach amicable resolution “.
Speaking on the performance of his party in the state, Famodun said the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola is consolidating achievement of the last administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, especially in the area of infrastructure.
He explained that certain policies of the new government were tailored towards addressing the immediate needs of the people in the state, without compromising physical development.
The Osun APC chairman however described the wave of defection that hit the party prior to 2018 gubernatorial election as a wrong political calculation.
Famodun cited the case of the former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, who contested the governorship seat alongside Oyetola on the platform of ADP, saying the move was efforts in futility.
” Somebody like the former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, who understands the tenets of progressives politics better than me, having been a progressive all his life unfortunately made a decision that reduced him politically “.
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