By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Prince Gboyega Famodun has returned as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State for another term of four years at Saturday’s State Congress.
Mr. Tajudeen Lawal emerged as the party’s deputy chairman, while Alhaja Kudirat Fakokunde returned as the leader of the women wing.
Also, a 35-year old Akinwemimo Adegoke emerged as the youth leader just as Mr. Alao Kamar Olabisi emerged as the secretary.
Announcing the results of the Congress, the Chairman of the National Committee on the Osun State Congress, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, said the Congress was done in line with the principles and guidelines of the party.
Elegbeleye, who read out Article 20 of the party’s constitution to the delegates, also announced that voice vote was adopted because of the population of the accredited delegates, which totalled 1,840.
Oyetola, while addressing delegates after the Congress, reiterated his commitment to a vibrant and rock-solid APC in Osun, calling on all stakeholders to follow suit.
He congratulated the new executive, charging them to rise to the occasion by promptly mending broken walls and building collapsed bridges for the greater good of the party and, by extension, the state.
“I congratulate the newly- elected executives of our party. I urge you to discharge your responsibility with the fear of God and ensure you carry everyone along in the running of the affairs of the party. Let us have a vibrant party that can compete anywhere in the country.
“I thank the team from Abuja for accepting to serve the party by coming down to Osun to conduct, monitor and supervise the State Congress.
“I thank party leaders and stakeholders for their support and understanding so far and for contributing to the hitch-free exercise.
“I thank members for your understanding and cooperation with the Government. I appeal to you to extend same to the newly-elected party officials. I appeal to those who lost out not to lose hope. I assure you all of a better tomorrow.
“The All Progressives Congress emerged on the strength of unity and progressive ideals. We are still committed to these ideals regardless of some of narratives making the rounds out there.
“I urge the newly-elected executives to ensure reconciliatory process. We cannot rule out the fact that some members are aggrieved for one or more reasons, but this is nothing out of proportion.
“We remain one united family, and we remain focused on delivering unprecedented progress and development to Osun,” Oyetola said.
In his acceptance remark, Prince Famodun, lauded the Congress as impressive, well-organised and peaceful.
He called on party members and stakeholders to channel the same energy and unity towards the primaries in February 2022 and the governorship election scheduled for July 2022.
“We trust God that this party will remain strong and indivisible. We appeal to our family members who are aggrieved and out there to return home. The governor has extended the olive branch.
“It is on this basis that I also extend an olive branch to the members of our political family who are disenchanted to bury the hatchet in order to collectively work for the re-election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola during next year’s governorship election.
“Let’s join hands together and perform our usual political feat of ensuring the continuity of the ruling government. Time is not on our side.
“Let’s work for the perpetuation of our government in Osun State through all- known legitimate means,” Famodun said.