The battle for the control of the executive committee of the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) might reach a climax today as the Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led National Reconciliation Committee of the APC meets powerful stakeholders of the party in the state today.
The meeting is expected to hold at the Presidential Lodge, Ibara GRA, Abeokuta.
Recall that the Ogun State APC is divided into main factions.
While Chief Yemi Sanusi is the Chairman of the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led faction recognised by the national body of the party, Derin Adebiyi is the Chairman of the faction loyal to Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Sources revealed that the Reconciliation committee will be meeting with the Governor Dapo Abiodun, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Tolu Odebiyi, Senator Lekan Mustapha, former speaker of the federal house of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole and Chief Jimi Lawal.
It was revealed that the job of the committee would be to ensure that the leaders of the party work together for the unity of the party as the 2023 general elections approach.
Those close to the party however pointed out that Senator Amosun and others would be made to see reasons they should work with Governor and the authentic state exco recognised by the national body of the party under the leadership of Chief Yemi Sanusi.
“All the senators and the stakeholders in the party would have to toe the line of the incumbent Governor and the exco recognised by the national body of the party.
“You will recall the era of former governor Gbenga Daniel, when former speaker of the federal house of reperesentatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole had issues with him over the control of the party in the state.
“Bankole lost out eventually because of the weight of the governor as the chief executive of the state.
“Nobody will sacrifice the position of the governor and give recognition to others. The Governor is the number one citizen of the state and others must work him for the success of the party and for them to be relevant in the scheme of things,” said a source close to the party.
The source noted that Dimeji Bankole eventually lost out in the scheme of things in the state and could not return to the green chamber, adding that the same scenario could be repeated if any of the gladiators fails to embrace reconciliation and work with the governor.
A chieftain of the party, who spoke with us on the condition of anonimity, revealed that the Reconciliation Committee was received by the Governor and that parts of their mandate is to ensure that the stakeholders see reasons to work as one entity.
“Those who want to return to office would be made to see reasons they should join hands with Governor Dapo Abiodun and support his second term bid apart from ensuring that peace reigns in the party in the state,” he said.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led All Progressives Congress (APC) National Reconciliation Committee is expected to unite all party members in the country, especially in states where there are differences within the party.
The committee was put together by the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.