By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Isaac Ajiboye Omodewu has urged the newly-inaugurated executive members of the party to unite and work in line with the party’s constitution.
Omodewu gave the charge at the inauguration of 35 state executives and 33 local government chairmen of APC in the state held on Monday at the party’s secretariat, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.
While acknowledging the hybrid nature of the APC that was formed as a result of the 2013 merger of the defunct legacy parties which included the ACN, CPC, PDP, ANPP and LP, Omodewu affirmed that the party belongs to no one but all the members.
He said: “The congresses have come and gone; there is no victor, no vanquished. It’s time to get united and mobilised for the 2023 general elections.
“Though I am of Ajimobi political bloc, I belong to all forward-looking members of APC. My main tasks is to unite all tendencies within the party and to lead APC to victories in the 2023 general elections.
“To be in charge of a very sophisticated political party like APC is a heavy responsibility; I assure our teeming members, it is a responsibility we will not take very lightly.
“I pledge to do my utmost, God being on my side, to justify the faith and the confidence all APC members have reposed in me and other executives at all levels.
“I pledge to run an open and transparent administration where all party members will be carried along. Our administration will instill discipline, respect for rule of law and constituted authorities within and outside the party. Apart from genuine reconciliation and harmonisation, our administration shall also embark on aggressive membership drive.”
He admonished the state and local executives to eschew discrimination and nepotism.
A minute silence was observed to honour the memories of the departed leaders of the party, including Lamidi Adesina, Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala and others.