By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The suspended Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Derin Adebiyi, spoke tough against the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, saying he will not end his tenure well.
Adebiyi who was speaking in anger in reaction to an alleged forceful invasion of the party Secretariat in Ogun State by members of the party loyal to Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Western Post Correspondent gathered that some party chieftains loyal to the Governor during the early hours of the day forcefully took over the party secretariat at Iyana Mortuary in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Adebiyi said: “They thought they have some powers because Oshiomhole is supporting them but by God’s grace, if truly I am serving God and Oshiomhole did this to us, Oshiomhole will never leave that place as an honourable person. He will leave in agony”.
While explaining the invasion allegation, Adebiyi stated that the problem of the APC is that, the party has no good and reputable elders, adding that the former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, and the sitting Governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun, are the key players fueling the crisis.
“The Governor’s band of marauders arrived the Secretariat in a war–like manner, ready for a showdown. They were accompanied by a detachment of fierce–looking mobile police officers.
“They damaged all properties at the Secretariat and illegally broke into offices and carted away vital documents. Some of the destroyed materials were dumped at the back of the kiosks beside the party Secretariat. They drove out members of staff of the Secretariat and locked up the place.
“You will recall that the illegal occupation of the Secretariat took place despite the fact that the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party under my leadership had gone to court to challenge the illegal dissolution of the State Executive Committee by the Adams Oshiomhole – led National Working Committee (NWC) at the Federal High Court Abuja in Suit No: CV/363/2018.
“Their action is condemnable and contravenes the extant law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the constitution of our dear party.
“We shall take all legal means possible in taking back our Secretariat. We are products of a congress in May 19, 2018 and those causing this problem also took part in that congress.
“We have refused to join issues with them. We don’t want to engage in violence like they have done.
“We have already filed a case at the Federal High Court in Abuja challenging the dissolution by the NWC and the next adjourned date is scheduled for October 8, 2019.
“Why can’t they wait till the outcome of the court? Why are they resorting to violence? They are very immature people and with their actions, people of the State are now of the opinion that the era of thuggery is now back in Ogun State.
“We wish to state that the action of the invaders and illegal occupiers is condemnable and contravenes the extant party laws and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”