Ondo 2020: Plot to Secretly unveil Consensus Candidate deepens Crisis in APC Unity Forum

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As events are unfolding towards the October 2020 gubernatorial election in Ondo State, a foremost youth interest group within the ruling APC, the Unity Group Foot Soldiers (UG), has leaked to the public the secret plan of the leadership of the leading interest group within the Party, the Unity Group to announce a consensus aspirant today.

The group has issued a strong warning to the leadership of the group over its proposed secret announcement and vowed that it will not hesitate to assault any member of the group who converge on the Alagbaka Akure home of the leader of the group and former deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, to participate in what it described as a charade.

Unity Forum is a group of aggrieved leaders of the APC plotting to unseat Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu during the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Governorship aspirants under the APC Unity Forum include; Olayide Adelani, Dapo Adelegan, Bùkólá Adétulà, Jumoke Anifowose, Akin Awodeyi, Alhaji Olanrewaju Kazeem, Mr. Jimi Odimayo, Dr Olusegun Abraham, Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele and Chief Olusola Oke.

The youth interest group has called on the State Government and Commissioner of police, Mr Undie Adie, to arrest and prosecute anyone that converge for any political meeting in the house of Alhaji Olanusi today, saying such gathering will flout the government rules to stem the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 that is presently ravaging the world.

“It is an act of insensitivity and inordinate quest for power that will make some supposed State elders gather at this time when the State Government is doing everything possible to keep the State free from the Coronavirus” the youth group said.

“It was gathered that, in the last 24 hours, the leadership of the Unity Group has secretly been contacting some of the members of the Group who are accomplices in the plan to announce a consensus aspirant against the overall interest of the entire members of the Group.

It was also disclosed that the plan is to go ahead and read the rejected report of the embattled seven-man screening committee, and those who could object to the back-door plan have been kept out of the loop for a smooth execution.

The UG Foot Soldiers who described the plan as an act of desperation, said the Unity Forum, under the leadership of Alhaji Ali Olanusi, has failed in its mandate as hope of the common APC member, saying it no longer represents the interest and intent for which it was established

The youth group also cited what it described as act of bad leadership on the path of the headship of the group as reasons to attempt to embark on such ‘dishonourable’ act.

“Baba Ali Olanusi has confirmed that he has no respect for the ultimate interest of the group and the people of Ondo State but his own (selfish interest),” the group alleged.

“The numerous allegations levelled against him concerning the recent execrable activities of the Screening Committee have now been confirmed to be based on his selfishness against our common interest which have turned him to an inconsistent leader.”

The youth group of Unity Forum, also alleged that seven man screening committee was singlehandedly constituted by the former Deputy Governor, saying that he had made the appointment of the Committee members so much lopsided that most of the governorship aspirants had doubted its integrity from inception, as they were operating to do the bidding of a particular aspirant from the Ondo Southern Senatorial Districts, Chief Olusola Oke, (SAN).

The group berated the embattled seven man screening committee of the Unity Group, headed by a former Senator from Ondo South Senatorial District, Yele Omogunwa, saying it has failed the Unity Forum members.

“A committee whose mandate was to screen aspirants suddenly began to refer to itself as Candidate Selection Committee against the purpose for which it was constituted” the group said.

The UG Foot Soldiers alleged the committee was hijacked by Senator Yele Omogunwa, Elder Michael Adeyeye, Mr Afe Olowokere, and Mr. Boye Adegbemisoye with the influence of Baba Ali Olanusi to do the bidding of Olusola Oke.

“The four members had come up with the report without the prior knowledge of the other three members of the committee-Mrs Iyantan, Prince Solagbade Amodeni, and Prof Ehindero, who is the secretary of the committee.”

The group said it will be an effort in futility to try to impose Chief Oke through the back door as the consensus aspirant of the group.

The UG Foot Soldiers said the entire members of the APC Unity Forum should reject the bid of Alhaji Ali Olanusi, Sen. Yele Omogunwa and Boye Adegbemisoye, saying the trio are more determined of allegedly doing the bidding of the PDP in the APC as against the interest of the Party and the State.

“Zebras cannot wash off their stripes. The APC has suffered enough internal crisis and we cannot allow their sheer desperation for power to further break the Party” the youth group said.

ONDO 2020 CONSENSUS PLAN: AJASIN’S DAUGHTER CLARIFIES POSITION

There is no foreseeable end in the ongoing political war in the unity forum of Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) as one of its governorship aspirants, Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose nee Ajasin, on Monday insisted that there was an agreement that the group should pick its consensus aspirant from the northern senatorial district of the state.

Anifowose, who was a former Attoney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, revealed this on a WhatsApp Platform, while reacting to a news story which reported that she was one of those who signed that the group did not cede the slot to the northern senatorial district.

According to her, out of 10 of the aspirants under the Unity Forum, seven of them wholeheartedly voted and signed that the forum should pick its consensus aspirant from the north.

She said “This is not correct please. I am part and parcel of the virtual meeting zoning the gubernatorial position to the north senatorial district.

“I voted for the north. It is documented and I am sure the seven of us out of ten aspirants who voted for the north will not deny this fact.

“I have reported to the nation online and the news item has been pulled down.

“Owo is part of the North Senatorial District and cannot be excluded please.

“The ten aspirants who took part in the virtual meeting are (1)Pastor Segun Abraham (2)Chief Olusola Oke (3)Alhaji Olanrewaju Kazeem (4)Mr. Akin Akinsehinwa-Awodeyi(Apata) (5)Chief Olaide Adelami (6)Engr. Ife Oyedele (7)Prince Jimi Odinmayo (8)Chief Bukola Adetula (9)Prince Dapo Adelegan and (10)Mrs. Jumoke Anifowoshe.

“Numbers two, six, and seven did not vote in favour of the North Senatorial District. Thank you”. She said

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