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Aggrieved APC members set to defect to Labour Party

17 February 2014, 10:33

Ibadan - Some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State are set to defect to the Labour Party, a letter made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan  has revealed.

The letter,  which was signed by  Labour Party’s  National Chairman, Dan Nwanyanwu, stated that its National Working Committee had accepted the defecting APC members.

It said the new members would soon be inaugurated by the national leadership of the Party.

According to the letter, the faction of the APC set to defect to LP  were mainly  young politicians in the age bracket of between 40 and 50 years.

It said the defectors included  some  immediate past board chairmen in Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration and aggrieved loyalists of the late leader of APC and former governor of the state, Lam Adesina.

"The young politicians had shown their disapproval to the conduct of the 2011 election where the flag bearer was chosen among eight other aspirants without primaries being conducted by the leadership of the party," it said.

The letter said that after series of strategic meetings with the Labour Party  leadership including Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo in Akure, the APC faction was allotted some slots for the party’s offices including co-chairmanship position.

It added that those appointed as co-chairman for Oyo LP is Gbenga Olayemi, a former Chairman of  the Oyo State  Council for Youth Development.

The letter added that others included Basiru Apapa, (co-chairman), Musbau Popoola (state deputy chairman), Tayo Adeagbo (state deputy chairman) and Okesooto Biliaminu (state deputy chairman).

It added that Gbenga Oyekola (state secretary); Caleb Oyaniyi (state organising secretary); Kazeem Adedeji (state publicity secretary); Ayo Ogunleye (state women leader) and Moruf Aderoju (state financial secretary) are also included.

According to the letter, the interim committee was advised to set machinery in motion for the conduct of state congresses soon.

The letter, dated February 10 also  read in part: “Following the series of deliberations in Oyo State chapter of the Labour Party, the National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the composition of an interim committee.

"It  will be headed by Basiru Apapa and Gbenga Olayemi as co-chairmen towards the state congresses of the party in Oyo State.

“Henceforth, the activities of the Labour Party shall rest squarely on the shoulders of the interim committee and they are expected to prepare the party for the forthcoming congresses in the state very soon."


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