Some stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State have cried out over alleged “unhealthy muscling” by some influential politicians in the LG over the choice of the party’s chairmanship candidate in the July 24 council polls.
Ifo LG, where the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo hails from, boasts of two state constituencies, but party leaders have been at loggerheads over the zoning of the chairmanship seat.
Some party stalwarts felt Ifo I constituency when the Speaker represents has the number 3 political seat and few other state appointments to its advantage and therefore should concede the council chairman seat to the other constituency.
A statement made available to newsmen on Monday signed by Chief Ganiu Elefonde and eleven other party stalwarts from Ifo LG, called on Governor Dapo Abiodun to wade in and resolve what they called “unhealthy muscling by some few but privileged political personalities from our sister constituency, Ifo Constituency I.”
The statement said “For clarity, the number 3 position of the state, the office of the speaker is currently from Ifo Constituency I. Same with 2 Board Chairmen (OGSAA and OGWAMA), 2 Special Assistants (SA New Media and Political to Speaker), Governor’s Advisory Council member are some of the appointment currently occupied by Constituency I while Constituency II can only boast of 2 state appointments, A special adviser and a board member. Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, how best can one describe this scenario?
“As partners in progress, we have taken solace in the appointment of one of our sons as the caretaker Chairman of Ifo local government. His appointment has been the soothing oil on the wounds of our constituents especially when the Chairman has not only represented our constituency well, but has sufficiently shown capacity in discharge of his responsibilities carrying everyone along.”
The party stalwarts, however, demanded that Abiodun should wade in by providing leadership to ensure “fair and just distribution of party opportunities in such a manner that no section of the state will feel marginalized as is being witnessed in Ifo Constituency II.”
They also demanded that ” the candidate to represent the party should come from Ifo Constituency II in such a way to give sense of belonging to the constituency with highest number of voters from Ifo local government.
“That all stakeholders be allowed to fair participation in the process of selecting the candidate of the party as no aspirant or stakeholders should be disenfranchised of his rights.
“By this, our local government can enjoy across-the-board participation and activeness which will give birth to even and fair development in the local government and our dear Ogun state in general.”