Chairman of the interim committee of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), in Oyo State, Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, on Friday raised alarm that some elements within the Unity Forum, a group within the ADC, are behind the internal crisis rocking the party in the state.
Majekodunmi while speaking with journalists in Ibadan, insisted that every leader of the group that formed the party in the state, including the Unity Forum, were carried along in all the decisions taken before and during the congresses.
Members of the Unity Forum comprising former members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had on Thursday in Ibadan given the national leadership of the party 72-hour ultimatum to address what they termed as imbalances that arose from the result of the congresses of the party
The group in a communique read to journalists by its leader, Dr. Busari Adebisi, accused former governor of the state Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja and a former secretary to the state government (SSG), Chief Michael Koleoso, of conniving to impose the state executives elected at the state congress held last Tuesday contrary to the directive of the party’s national leadership, describing their action as not only illegal but invalid and unconstitutional.
But, Majekodunmi, while reacting, said the state congress had the blessings of the national leadership of the party, as well as that of the leader of the Unity Forum, Dr. Adebisi and other leaders of the groups that formed the party.
According to the Ogun state-born medical doctor and a close ally of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the young elements were hell bent on producing the state chairman from Ibadanland in order to realise their political ambition, maintaining that Adebisi was in the know of all that transpired during the state congress and gave his approval to the state executives elected.
Majekodunmi said, “It is very unfortunate that some elements within the Unity Forum who had imprisoned their leaders could go to any length to hold the party to ransom all because of their ambition.
“Rather than consult to achieve their aim of having the state Chairman of the party coming from their group and from Ibadanland, these young elements are insisting on having their way to the detriment of the cohesion within the party.
“It will, therefore, be wrong for the Unity Forum to say it was not part of the state congress of the ADC in Oyo State held last Tuesday when the leader of the group, Dr. Busari Adebisi, was part of the leaders that agreed on the congress and also gave his blessing to those that were elected. The leaders of the group are following the young elements that include some elected lawmakers to make the noise so as to save their neck.”
Majekodunmi who gave assurance that the crisis will be resolved amicably, said the party was awaiting the intervention of former President Olusegun Obasanjo through whom most of the groups joined the party, stating that it was in the interest of every member, irrespective of his of their group, that the party became stronger in the state so as to do well in the forthcoming general elections.