The Osun Progressives (TOP) has described as ruse, purported report of the Ward Congress Appeal Committee that entertained petitions filed by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the Ward Congress held on July 31, 2021 in the State of Osun.
We note with dismay the absence of logic in the said report which is being circulated on social media.
However, we believe there is no smoke without fire, and human being are unpredictable.
Should the said report be eventually true, we will not be surprised because of our experience with the Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye Congress committee.
We say with all sense of responsibility that we will not be surprised because the Appeal Committee might also carry out the shady job for who procured it like that of Elegbeleye committee.
All members of the two committees were nominees of Governor Gboyega Oyetola as the representative of the South West in the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.
As Oyetola’s nominees, we are not in any doubt that they will do his bidding and ensure that his interest is fully protected.
In real terms, rather than expect them to be fair and just, TOP busied itself with carrying out the process and procedures dutifully as stated by the National Secretariat of the party.
We were engaged in the path of righteousness because we are of the opinion that truth will always triumph in the face of lies and tyranny, no matter how long it takes.
We are also of the view that our party, the APC will not allow injustice to take root in its operations as we will continue to explore all means by which no member is shortchanged to the extent of working against the interests of the party.
If we are to address the said report which authenticity is still in doubt, we will conclude that the committee lied that we submitted only 32 petitions whereas this farther from the truth. Indeed, we submitted petitions in 286 wards aside the two submitted by Reverend Adelowo Adebiyi and Alhaji Rasaq Salinsile
In the context of that report also, the committee equally lied that they took all petitions whereas they took only about five local governments and promised to take the rest through the lawyers whose attempted calls they refused.
Like that of Elegbeleye committee, the appeal committee said nothing and failed to adjudicate on the fact that two sets of aspirants obtained forms for all positions in Osun APC and that while we purchased through acceptable individual bank tellers, the other group used single teller to mop up all the forms they precluded others from buying.
They did not say anything about the idea of Governor Oyetola imposing his cronies on the party in the name of consensus even when other members of the party obtained forms, instead of real competitive congress in such situation. They did fail to tell the whole world, whether the idea of consensus introduced into the APC Constitution is the same thing as imposition which Governor Oyetola is trying to do in Osun APC
These are jokes carried too far by the compromised persons handpicked by Governor Oyetola to do the conscience-less dirty jobs which they have done well but which we are sure will not be allowed to stay or thrive by the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.
Indeed, we call on the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee to refuse the subjudiced report and preclude our governor from further participation in its activities as he has compromised his integrity.
Even when we intend to formally pursue our case to logical and justifiable conclusions, we will never give in to repressive tendencies presently exhibited by the government and its people in the state.