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Struggles/ramblings within the APC as party gears up for 2019

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Struggles/ramblings within the APC as party gears up for 2019

Major stakeholders in the politics of the South West from the All Progressives Congress (APC) extraction recently held a parley in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, and reviewed the status of the party in the region ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The meeting hosted by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, had in attendance APC governors in four out of the six states of the zone that the party controls.

They are Ajimobi (Oyo), Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun).

Also present at the meeting were ministers,National Assembly members from the zone, appointed and elected on the platform of the APC as well as the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was until the meeting believed to be having a frosty relationship with some of his political godsons who are currently in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Others were former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba; former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye; Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; former APC interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande; Minister for Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his Finance counterpart Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

Also present were Ministers of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu; Works, Power and Housing Mr. Babatunde Fashola; Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and a former governor of Ekiti State and Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Though the meeting was held under closed-door and journalists barred from being privy to discussions, there was no doubt that the parley was aimed at re-uniting some of the erstwhile ‘warring’ bigwigs in the party.

There had been a protracted cold war between the National Leader of the party and some of his godsons, a development that has provoked serious thoughts as regards the political future of the South-West if the situation was not arrested.

Until the meeting, it was a common knowledge that there was no love lost between Tinubu and his successor, Fashola.

The case was the same for the relationship between Tinubu and Fayemi. But, to nip the crisis in the bud, the APC chieftains in the South- West came together to jaw-jaw. After about five hours of deliberations, journalists were told that they have resolved to re-assert their influence in the progressive politics of the country.

The leaders who maintained that South-West APC is and remains one, also stated that they have resolved all issues concerning the governance of the country and what should be the role and influence of the group in the interest of the country and for the progress of the people.

Speaking on behalf of the leaders, Osoba said the group had examined the government and had reviewed all issues concerning the governance of the country.

The party leader said resolutions on all issues discussed would be forwarded to the appropriate quarters by those concerned.

He further noted that the leaders have also related with the party representatives at the National Assembly, the governors, other party leaders on all issues discussed exhaustively at the meeting.

Against any disagreement that could be brewing amongst them, Osoba assured that henceforth, there would be total unity and due consultation among the governors for the development of the region and the country at large.

His words: “For God’s sake, we are the leaders of the progressives in this country and we are determined to re-assert our interest in the progressive politics of this country and for the betterment of Nigeria. “We have come out with a resolution to show that in the South-West of APC, we are one.

We are together on all issues concerning the governance of this country and what should be the role and the influence that should be exercised as a group or the interest of this country and the progress of this country.

“We have related with our representatives at the National Assembly, our governors, our other party leaders on all issues and we discussed them exhaustively.

I can assure you that from now onwards, there will be total unity and due consultation among the governors for the development of the region and the country at large.”

Lagos: Tinubu, Ambode in firm control

Though the 2019 general elections is still about two years away, the battle for control of party structures and contest for elective positions ahead of the polls has started with political gladiators and aspirants oiling their machinery and strategising to actualise their aspirations.

Among the 36 states in the coun-try, Lagos State has been a unique state, which every political party wants to have in its fold because of its economic value being the country’s commercial nerve centre.

So, knowing the importance of retaining the state, the ruling APC is doing everything within its power to ensure that the opposition does not take over the state.

Since Nigeria’s return to civil rule in 1999, Lagos has been governed by the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Action Congress (AC) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which later merged with other leading opposition parties to form APC.

One man who is key to Lagos politics is former governor and APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He has been a major factor in determining who becomes what in Lagos politics in the last 17 years.

Apart from his political influence in the Centre of Excellence, Tinubu has also extended his tentacle to other south western states and the federal level with the formation of APC in 2013.

He played a crucial role in the merger that led to the party’s formation and emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as president in the 2015 elections.

He was also the brain behind the emergence of Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, governors and members of State and National Assembly in many states, especially in the South-West.

Tinubu is revered as a prominent leader in APC but the recent development in the party seems to be reducing his influence, especially after his face-off with APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun over the outcome of the party’s governorship primary in Ondo State.

The face-off between the two party leaders divided the ranks of APC leadership at the federal and state levels, but Lagos APC remained united and stood solidly behind Tinubu.

The confrontation got to a level that the leadership of the party in the state even warned the party leadership not to undermine the APC national leader’s personality and his contribution to the party.

Several protests were also held by Tinubu’s supporters to express their displeasure against attempt to silence him by some members of the party’s leadership.

Though the APC is united in Lagos with Tinubu firmly in control of the party’s structures, there are still some members, who have pitched their tents with the Abuja group and Buhari loyalists led by ex-Governor Babatunde Fashola, who is currently Minister for Power, Works and Housing.

The Abuja group and Buhari’s loyalists are believe to be working hard to whittle down the influence of Tinubu before the 2019 elections by taking over APC structures in the South- West from him. Some of the party leaders are also divided along the two major groups in the party – Justice Forum and Mandate Group.

The division among Lagos APC leaders was visible during the December 3 bye-election in Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency as Tinubu and Fashola camps sponsored different candidates for the primaries but Tinubu’s candidate, Olaitan Akinwunmi, emerged the party’s flag bearer and also won the election with a wide margin.

Irrespective of the onslaught against Tinubu and his camp in Lagos, the party national leader still commands the party structure in the state.

The Otunba Henry Ajomale-led APC State Executive Committee is solidly behind Tinubu and this seems to be one of the things working for him ahead of 2019 elections. Governor Ambode is also queuing behind Tinubu likewise other stakeholders in Lagos politics like Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Cardinal James Odumbaku, among others.

But as ahead of the forthcoming general elections, the political gladiators in the state are doing everything within their power to ensure that they remain relevant in the politics of the state.

While there may be implosion in the party in Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states over who gets what due to the battle for control of the party, Lagos APC may have a smooth process in electing its executives, delegates and candidates because the larger percentage of its leaders and members are Tinubu’s loyalists and they always follow its political direction.

Governor Ambode, who is Tinubu’s political son, will definitely run for re-election in 2019 and he seems to understand politics more than his predecessor.

He has strategically appointed his loyalists as well as Tinubu’s close associates to key positions to firm their grip of the party in the state.

Ogun: APC on bumpy ride

It does not look like a cordial relationship between Governor Ibikunle Amosun and some forces within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State.

Although the principal actors would readily deny the existence of any rift, recent developments in the ruling party indicate that all is not well ahead of the 2019 general elections. At the heart of the looming crisis is the choice of who succeeds Amosun.

In addition, the tussle over control of the party structure and the struggle for political relevance have exacerbated division and heightened tension within the party. Amosun appears to be in control of the party’s leadership in the state.

However, there is an array of forces lining behind a former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, to confront the governor and wrest the structure from him. Amid the manoeuvring, Amosun has set the tone for what to expect on the state’s political turf.

He recently declared that he would determine his successor. The governor’s pronouncement has attracted reactions and consequently raised the political tempo within Ogun APC.

However, one of the gubernatorial hopefuls, Senator Solomon Adeola, has pooh-poohed Amosun’s submission. Adeola, currently representing Lagos West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, contended that the power to determine the next governor lies only with God and the people.

The senator, who hails from Ilaro, Ogun State, vowed to throw his hat into the ring, apparently against the blessing of the incumbent governor. In this gubernatorial project, Osoba and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have rallied their loyalists behind him.

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The scheming for the coveted governorship ticket and other plum positions has showed that the battle line had been drawn, with prospect of the crisis that rocked the ruling party before the last general elections being re-enacted.

Before the 2015 elections, the party was engulfed by the supremacy battle between Amosun and Osoba. But for the covert support of Tinubu and the then APC national leadership headed by former Osun State Governor, Chief Bisi Akande, the governor’s re-election bid could have been derailed.

Following the unresolved feud, Osoba left with his loyalists to the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The defection proved to be a disastrous experiment as none of the candidates of the ex-governor that contested on SDP platform won at the 2015 poll. After about 18 months, Osoba returned to APC in 2016.

The exgovernor’s return was hatched by Tinubu. Amosun was ostensibly uncomfortable and this explained his absence at the “reconciliatory meeting” in Lagos that re-admitted Osoba.

As political events begin to take shape and form in the Gateway State, analysts believe Adeola’s gubernatorial ambition could set a new wedge between Amosun and Osoba.

The governor is believed to be grooming some aspirants to succeed him. Though he is keeping his preferred choice close to his chest, speculation is rife that he is favourably disposed to the aspiration of Yewa-Awori people in Ogun West Senatorial District to produce governor for the first time since the creation of the state. In the emerging permutations, three APC members are said to be on the radar.

They include Senator Gbolahan Dada, representing Ogun West; Prince Suraj Adekunbi, the state House of Assembly Speaker; and Chief Tolu Odebiyi, who was recently appointed as Chief of Staff to the state governor.

The trio hail from the Yewa-Awori extraction of the state. Judging from the scenario playing out, Amosun is not likely to support any governorship aspirant from the Tinubu-Osoba camp, which has vowed to do everything possible to spring surprises on the road to 2019.

Osun: internal wrangling weakens party’s structures

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State claims to be formidable but it is clear that its structures are becoming weak chances due to internal strife among chieftains of the party in the state.

The wrangling has led formation of different groups with clandestine moves while the leadership of the party in the state pretends that all is well.

Analysts are of the view that if the squabble over who controls the party’s in the state hierarchy is not resolved, APC’s chance of winning the 2018 governorship election in the state would be slim.

The most unfortunate aspect of it is that, the bickering is glaringly pronounced among the major political power brokers within the party.

For instance, it was observed that the relationship between Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Lasun Yusuf, has turned sour since he emerged second in command as in the lower legislative chamber.

Some die hard supporters of the party’s National Leader, Tinubu, believed that Yusuf’s emergence was a slap on the party as they claimed that the APC had its own arrangement and persuaded Yusuf to do the wishes of the party.

The development did not go well with the then newly elected deputy speaker who insisted that since a democratic process had taken place, it means he is popular among the people and rebuffed all criticisms and attacks launched at him by people who he said were acting a script.

The aftermath was a shattered relationship between him and Aregbesola to the extent that they try as much as possible to ensure that their respective paths do not cross. They became the day and night which can never meet at the same time.

Besides Aregbesola and Yusuf, other major power brokers in Osun APC include the senator representing Osun West senatorial district, Senator Isiaka Adeleke; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam; Chief of Staff to Governor Aregbesola, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola; an Osogbo based politician, Alhaji Fatai Oyedele Diekola and Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Alhaji Moshood Adeoti.

But the questions are: Do they share the same principles? Do they believe in the same democratic philosophy? Are they working towards the advancement of the party?

And, are they committed to the unity of the party? Investigations revealed that virtually all political gladiators within APC’s fold in the state are now pursuing their respective political ambitions instead of strengthening the party.

With party cohesion disappearing into the thin air, the various camps are now working at cross purposes and it would definitely have effect on the party.

In fact, some members of the party, who feel sidelined and marginalised by a caucus within the party, have vowed to retaliate in the next electioneering period.

At the, the various APC camps are either leaned on the side of Tinubu or Odigie-Oyegun, but where they pitch their political tents ahead of the 2019 elections is very cloudy to define.

Oyo: Factions battle for relevance

Though Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State keeps telling his critics that the party is united in the state as he has carried all members along in the running of his administration, a critical assessment of the situation shows that there is a faction that is inherently struggling with him to maintain relevance in the scheme of things in the party.

The faction, although not vociferous, is the structure left behind by the former governor of the state, Late Lamidi Adesina (Lam). Lam’s heir apparent, Muftau, signified the intention to contest the governorship in 2011, when Ajimobi eventually emerged as the flag bearer.

His younger brother, Dapo, was appointed Youth and Sports commissioner as a reward, and he is currently a House of Representatives member. In spite of Ajimobi’s efforts to make Dapo a figure among the Lam Adesina’s dynasty, it is their belief that the ‘Lamists’ are not adequately represented in the present administration.

Ajimobi as the leader of the party holds its administrative machinery, but it is the general belief that Lam’s loyalists hold the structure of the party.

The group recently alleged that Ajimobi is trying to impose chairmanship candidates on them in the February 11, local government poll.

There have been implicit altercations between the Lamists and the Ajimobi’s SENACO, which is overtly campaigning in support of the governor.

It was learnt that the silent agitation by the Lamists is not unconnected with the fact that Ajimobi was angling to install all the 33 local council bosses to consolidate his future political aspiration and relegate any dissenting voice within the party to the background.

While the Lamists are insisting an a transparent primary to elect the chairmanship candidates, Ajimobi is said to be insisting on picking 10 delegates from each of the wards to constitute an Electoral College to conduct the primary election, despite that screening of the aspirants had been done.

The Lamists believe that they are the inheritors of the APC structure, which transmuted from the Action Congress (AC) to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) before metamorphosing into the APC, while Ajimobi and his staunch supporters defected from the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).

As the landlord, the Lamists are seeking structural relevance which the SENACO members are trying to whittle down.

Though the seven-man Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has been inaugurated to conduct the council poll, the recent secondment of three government officials including a permanent secretary, to work with the commission has been criticised by the Lamists as a subterranean move to teleguide the electoral body to favour the governor’s candidates.

The OYSIEC chairman, Jide Ajeigbe, however discountenanced this insinuation while speaking with journalists at a recent press conference.

The Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, who is a former governorship candidate that slugged it out with Ajimobi in 2015, is also not resting on his oars to make Oke Ogun where he hails from, to be at a conspicuous position in the political map of the state in 2019.

It is no longer news that the former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in the state is eyeing the governorship, to put an end to the consistent second fiddle role his zone had played in the politics of the state for ages.

The incumbent Deputy Governor, Chief Alake Adeyemo, is from the zone just like many of his predecessors’ aside Adebayo Alao-Akala who is from Ogbomoso. On the relationship among leaders of the party at the national level, there is no doubt that Tinubu still enjoys some measure of support among Oyo APC members despite his frosty relationship with the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. Ajimobi.

This could be attested to by the former Lagos State governor’s invitation to the South-West APC parley where the frosty relationship between him and the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; and the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, was said to have been resolved.

But the position of the party in the Pace Setter State on the supremacy battle among its bigwigs at the centre, notwithstanding, the ultimate goal of either faction of the APC in Oyo State is to see that their respective loyalists win the race for relevance ahead of the 2019 elections, and not to pride in support for any of the party’s national bigwigs.

As the 2019 electioneering era approaches, the projection of the ruling APC is to retain the Agodi Government House.

This may be an easy task, thanks to the ineffectiveness of the opposition parties in the state. The major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is comatose.

The perennial in-fighting and superiority tussle among its stakeholders have continued to be its Albatross. However, if the APC in the state fails to properly manage the agitation of the dissenting voices in its fold, and the threat of the Lamists political family to form a new party or align with the opposition parties in the state, the implosion within the party may eventually be its undoing in 2019.

Ondo: Tinubu, Abuja group in supremacy battle

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State is sharply divided into two major groups with the state chairman of the party, Duerimini Isaacs Kekemeke leading the pro-Bola Tinubu’s section while the Governor-Elect, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) leading the pro-John Odigie Oyegun’s bloc.

The ill-feeling which began before the primary that produced Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the Ondo governorship election, which he emerged tops is yet to subside months after the battle has been fought and won.

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In fact, the two movements are like parallel lines that never meet. In the APC’s governorship primary held in October last year, the former Lagos State governor was in support of Dr. Segun Abraham, while the Abuja group of the party was in firm support of Akeredolu.

Not satisfied with the outcome of the party’s primary, Abraham sought the court’s intervention in the dispute.

The case is still pending in court after the party’s victory at the poll. Throughout the campaign period, the South-West leaders of the party led by Tinubu did not attend any of the campaign rallies of Akeredolu.

Others who shunned the rallies at the two different occasions that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari came to campaign for Akeredolu included Governors Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun). Also, former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Segun Osoba, majority of South-West senators and House of Representative members were conspicuously absent at the rallies.

In the state, top contenders who lost out in the party’s ticket including Abraham, Prof Robert Ajayi Boroffice, Prince Ademola Adegoroye among others did not participate in the campaigns of Akeredolu. In fact, the second runnerup, Chief Olusola Oke dumped the party for relatively unpopular Alliance for Democracy (AD). Some of his supporters claimed he did that based on the instruction of Tinubu.

The fact that Special Adviser to Aregbesola and former Chairman of Alimoso Local Government of Lagos State, Hon Bola Ilori, who is a known protégé of Tinubu was the Director General of Oke campaign’s organisation gave credence to that assertion.

Since Akeredolu’s emergence as the next governor of the state, all the pro-Tinubu members of Ondo APC have been effectively shut out of the activities of the party.

In fact, the 158 Strategic Developments and Policy Implementation Committee (SDPIC), and the Transition committees set up by the Governor-elect do not have any known member of the Tinubu’s group and Kekemeke (Ondo APC chairman) had to leave the venue of the inauguration of the committees when he was relegated to the lower side of the table.

Apart from shutting out Kekemeke out of the Governor-elect activities, the party chairman has not been visible in any political activities involving the APC and its members since the governorship election. Many of the pro- Abuja group said the party would be restructured once Akeredolu becomes the leader after February 24.

The restructuring being referred to, according to them would see the present leaders including Kekemeke losing their positions and those sympathetic to the governor taking over the party.

The taking over of the party by the Akeredolu and Abuja group in the state is to make sure that pro- Tinubu group is effectively shut out of the party’s hierarchy ahead of the party’s primaries to elect candidates that would fly the party’s flags in 2019 general elections since there would not be governorship election in the state last year.

Also, the choice of non-carrier ambassador to represent the state has further widen the gulf between the two groups as the first nominee, Mr Sola Iji who is sympathetic to Tinubu’s camp has been dropped for Dr Igbekele Daudu. Rather than subsides, those in Akeredolu’s camp are insisting that Daudu would be made to lose the position.

The allegation against him is that he worked for AD’s candidate in the last governorship election in the state. In a statement by the party members under the auspices of Movement Against Imposition, it was alleged that Daudu whose name was made to replaced that of Mr. Sola Iji from Ondo South Senatorial District of Ondo State was not a member of the party.

According to the Coordinator of the group, Mr Austin Pelemo, the nominee allegedly worked for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) governorship candidate, Chief Olusola Oke in the last year governorship election His words: “A man that is known across the state to be a member of Alliance for Democracy can never be allowed to take a position that is meant for a member of the APC. It is an act that must be resisted by all members of the APC in the state.

A name came up last week Thursday as an ambassadorial-designate from Ondo State, Jacobs Daudu, we later got to know that he is the same Igbekele Daudu, as we speak, Mr. Igbekele Daudu is not a member of the APC in the state” Also speaking another leader of the group, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, a known ally of Akeredolu, alleged that Dawodu was involved in anti – party activities during the governorship election in the state.

He said “I am a member of the state excos of this party, Jacobs Daudu joined our great party one week to the presidential election, after serving six years in Governor Olusegun Mimiko administration. After the party’s primary, the man left for the AD, when President Buhari came here to canvass for vote for our governor – elect, Igbekele Daudu was with Olusola Oke canvassing for votes for him.”

He appealed to the President and to the national Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other national leaders of the party not to encourage indiscipline in the party and stop the nomination of Daudu.

For now, the two major divides in the party are trying to outwit one another ahead of the party’s primary and in selecting political office holders that would work with the incoming governor when he assumes office in February.

Ekiti: One flock, many shepherds

With less than 18 months to the governorship election in Ekiti State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state is not in the best of shape and there is no cordiality among the various forces within the party.

Aside the leadership crisis that has defined its State Working Committee (SWS) that led to the expulsion and suspension of some ranking state and zonal leaders, the party has not slept with its two eyes closed since it lost the governorship election in 2014 to the PDP, if anything, the division within the party has continued to fester by each passing day.

The crisis in the state has even defied the input of Ekiti Elders Forum who summoned a meeting last year to resolve the crisis in the party, and possibly reconcile the different forces, the parley came to an abrupt end. Also the party is also contending with the new-found friendship between one of the governors in the party, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.

For the party, the rapprochement between the duo is giving the APC in the state a bad name and sending wrong signal about it to the electorate. Upon the loss of the Ekiti seat to the PDP, the conflict and tension within the party, which centered around blames and finger-pointing, was left unaddressed and that waned the fortunes of the party at the state and federal legislative elections in 2015. Currently, the APC has only one legislator in the state Assembly.

Though they have maintained a ‘loud silence’, two former governors are said to be on the card to contest the 2018 governorship election on the platform of the APC.

Expectedly, the anticipated ‘comeback bid’ of ex-governors Kayode Fayemi and Segun Oni, has tore the party into shreds.

At present the various efforts to reconcile warring factions in the state have not yielded the expect result especially with the influx of new entrants into the party for its governorship ticket in 2018.

The party in the state is polarized along four factions with the first being controlled by APC national leader, Tinubu, the second faction is controlled by Fayemi, the third faction is controlled by some former Senate and House of Representative members, while former governors Niyi Adebayo and Oni and Fayemi are struggling for the last faction.

To actualize his yet-to-be announced ambition, it is believed a gathering of high-profile establishment in the Buhari administration are moving to build support around Fayemi, especially with his contribution in the Ondo governorship election.

Already, there is contention whether there would be a levelplaying field for aspirants in the primaries and many have started calling on the leadership of the party to instill confidence and peace into the party system before the the primaries.

Notable names that are said to be in the race for the party’s ticket include the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Olufemi Bamisile; former Chairman of Ekiti State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Adebayo Orire; Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Femi Ojudu and former Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Gbenga Aluko.

Other names on the card are former House of Representatives members, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele and Hon. Bamidele Faparusi; the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) governorship candidate in 2007, Otunba Yinka Akerele; former Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas; former Chief of Staff, Mr. Yemi Adaramodu; former House of Assembly Majority Leader, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; Australia-based medical practitioner, Dr. Wole Oluyede and former House of Assembly member, Hon. Bayo Idowu. Also in the race are former Commissioners, Chief Sesan Fatoba, Chief Bisi Aloba, Chief Dele Okeya; former Special Assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Domestic Affairs, Mr. Bodunde Adeyanju; former Ekiti South senatorial aspirant, Mr. Kayode Adaramodu; an investor, Mr. Olajide Akinyemi Jnr, an officer in the United States Army, Captain Sunday Adebomi; former Special Assistant on Forestry, Mr. Bayo Babalotin, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua and Mr. Oladipupo Ogunkoyode.

Currently, the party has no clear leader as the homegrown progressives are up in arms with centrists who are bent on adopting the Ondo State strategy for the party’s primary.

With Fayemi alongside some of his colleagues in the cabinet and governors in the Buhari government seen to be on a march to reduce the influence of the national leader of the party, Tinubu, to the bearest minimum, it is believe that the Ondo chart of federal might could be adopted to determine who becomes the APC flagbearer in Ekiti.

CREDITS : Report by Felix Nwaneri, Wale Elegbede, Temitope Ogunbanke , Sola Adeyemo, Kunle Olayeni, Adeolu Adeyemo and Babatope Okeowo.

Dumebi Ifeanyi

Dumebi Ifeanyi is the Publisher of Politics Nigeria. He is also a seasoned businessman and a follower of the school of Ruthless Pragmatism

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