Ondo APC crisis deepens, as another faction inaugurates interim committee



The crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), deepened over the weekend as another parallel interim committee was inaugurated at Ijare in Ifedore Local Government Area of the state with Prof. Adeyemi Aderoba appointed as chairman of the committee.
Aderoba and his committee members were drawn from the three parties that merged to form the APC; the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the defunct Congress for Political Change (CPC) deliberated on how to work together as one.
The inauguration of the committee was the second to be carried out in six days in the state by two different factions in APC.
The governorship candidate of the defunct ACN, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, was appointed as the interim chairman of the harmonisation committee in the sunshine state by the National Vice Chairman, South-West zone of the party and former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Niyi Adebayo.
As the inauguration was going on, some members of the party gathered at another venue to kick against the inauguration of Akeredolu’s committee, describing it as a sham.
At a news conference in a hotel in Akure, the Chairman of the defunct CPC in the state, Mr. Lekan Obolo, insisted that the names of the committee members were different from names submitted by the three parties that formed the APC.
In spite of the crisis, a leader of the party, Mr. Femi Adekanmbi, has urged the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tiunbu, to wade into the crisis before it gets out of control.
Adekanmbi, a House of Representatives candidate in the 2011 general elections under the defunct ACN, urged Tinubu and other leaders not to threat the crisis with kids gloves, saying, “APC must get it right this time in Ondo State.”
He also urged the leadership of the party in the state not to allow their personal gains to frustrate the efforts of the party’s national executive to turn APC to the ruling party in Nigeria.
The APC leader noted that this was not the best time for the leaders of the party in the state to allow ambition to kill the vision of the party’s national leaders to change the fortune of the party in the state..
He said: “I think this is not the time for us to fight in Ondo State APC. This is a time for us to consolidate on what our national leadership is doing at the top to bring more members into our party.”

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