CRISIS ROCKS OSUN APC AS PARTY SPLITS INTO TWO FACTIONS

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Osun APC splits as spokesman condemns suspension of chairman, secretary

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun has reacted to the suspension of the state chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun and the secretary, Alhaji Rasaq Salinsile.

The party cracked on Monday as Barrister Goke Ogunsola, legal adviser to the party in the state, flanked by 11 other members of the SWC, including the vice-chairman, Isah Azeez Adesiji, Assistant Secretary, Rasheed Bakare and the Chairman of Local Government Chairmen, Rufus Awotidoye, announced the suspension of Famodun and Salinsile.

Addressing newsmen in Osogbo, they said, “We want to state loud and clear that we do not have confidence in the party’s Chairman and Secretary in the state again.

“Therefore, we hereby pass a vote of no confidence on Prince Gboyega Famodun, and Alhaji Abdul Rasak Salinsile, the Chairman and Secretary of the APC in the State of Osun respectively.”

In response, Kunle Oyatomi, Osun APC Publicity Secretary, in a statement called on all loyal and faithful members of the party to ignore the development.

He urged them to “discountenance frivolous statement made by a few disgruntled members of the State Executive who are saying that the officials have been suspended from the party”.

“That statement is absolute nonsense. They have no such right constitutionally to say what they have said and their purpose is purely anti-party. Obviously, these members have other interests to protect than what the party stands for.

“The public, as well as our members, should be informed that the APC is solidly behind our leadership and nothing of the sort is happening inside our ranks.

“We are absolutely certain that fifth columnists within the party, who feared they could lose out in the coming primary exercise are trying to introduce confusion into our ranks. But they will fail woefully.

“Our members are, therefore, urged to stay calm and resolute and they should not allow themselves to be deceived by people who have the least interest of Osun and APC at heart. APC is solidly united and unshakeable.”

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