By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun Progressives (TOP), a caucus in the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called for the rejection of the party’s membership register in the state, alleging that the process of registration was manipulated by some government appointees.
The group who accused the state leadership of the party of manipulating the register against members of the TOP, tasked the national leadership of the party to reject the register in order for fairness, equity and justice to be served in the coming congress as well as any other purposes that the register will serve.
Addressing journalists on Thursday on the stand of the group towards the just concluded party’s membership registration exercise in the state, the chairman of the caucus, Revd Adelowo Adebiyi called on President Muhammad Buhari and the National Caretaker and Special Convention Planning Committee to urgently wade into the palpable crisis in the party.
He said the current party leadership in the state promotes mutual exclusiveness in all its actions, thus destroying party unity.
Adebiyi who stated that all is not well with the party in the state maintained that the recently concluded membership revalidation and registration were malevolently manipulated against perceived non-members of IleriOluwa group, which belongs to Governor Adeboyega Oyetola.
He stated that the leadership of the party in the state ceded its responsibility to the government appointees who according to him hoarded the registration materials and were carrying out the registration in their different homes.
“However, these irresponsible actions were not enough for the selfish elements whom the party abdicated its responsibility to as they shamelessly took further manipulative steps to ‘load’ the register.
“Information has it that government appointees printed more registration materials and engaged some youths to be filling the slips and the register with fictitious names and affix it with any available passport photographs.
“This is said to have lasted for as much as three weeks after the official closure of the process.
“May we note that the previous leaderships of APC before this one did everything to ensure the unity of the party which happened to be the secret of our success even when we fought a vicious opposition in PDP.
“Part of what was observed as the problems that has grown to be hydra-headed is the inability of the present leadership to resolve palpable crisis in all the LG/LCDA branches of the party. As we speak, no LG/LCDA has less than two factions in the party. There is no meeting of any sort in the last 18 months or so.
“The glaring ineptitude in the management of the party has rendered it ineffective and almost comatose. There is no cohesion within the party to the extent that members are in the dark about what the government which they worked to install is about to and doing. Not only that they didn’t know what was going but the leadership of the party deliberately precluded them.
“As we speak, reliable sources said the register; even to the extent of its manipulation is still in the Okefia Government House, Osogbo,” he said.
Adelowo called for total overhauling of the exercise by the national headquarters of the party.
He also urged the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Committee to send only people of high integrity as the State Congress Committee to Osun, so that level playing ground could be provided for all and sundry.
” We call for a rapprochement that will put our party on a more solid sustainable winning way. Only a mutual inclusive, United, coherently run and well-focused party can achieve this and this is what we stand for at the Osun Progressives( TOP),” Abebiyi added.