Few days after the registration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), crisis may have hit the Ogun State chapter of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), faction of the coalition party.
This indication emerged through a release signed by the secretary and Publicity Secretary of the CPC in the state, Evangelist Godwin Odeyemi and Chief Bola Adeogun; respectively disowning another release earlier signed by Messers Kunle Mudashiru and Sina Oduntan purporting to be acting Chairman and acting PRO respectively and published in a national newspaper, not Daily Newswatch.
Describing the duo of Mudashiru and Oduntan as moles in caucus of CPC in APC, Odeyemi and Adeogun, in a release signed by Olubori Onafemi, an aide to the 2011 governorship candidate of the CPC in Ogun State, Olawale Okunniyi, said “Mudashiru and his cohorts presently at large will be handed over to law enforcement agents if they do not cease to create public nuisance and portray the party in bad light.”
While expressing their support for Okunniyi, as the Ogun State leader of the CPC, the party leaders said their interest was to ensure that CPC’s interest is enhanced and protected within the newly formed APC.
Declaring that Mudashiru and Oduntan are impostors and paid agents of other forces in APC working against the interest of the CPC bloc within the CPC, they added “We make bold to query that If these suspended officers are not paid agents and moles of other interests different from that of the CPC in APC, how on earth would they have disowned the effort and initiative of their own party member in support of another in APC even before the race starts?”
“Our intelligence reports shows that these impostors were given one million Naira last week by a particular chieftain of APC (name withheld) of another bloc outside the CPC caucus to disown their own leader and governorship hopeful in order to create the impression that CPC is divided without a leader and prospective governorship candidate ahead of merger negotiation at the state level” The statement added.
The party leaders also traced how Kunle Mudashiru in company of others who later left the party after the 2011 elections, collected Ten Million Naira from an ACN gubernatorial aspirant in the run up to the 2011 elections for the purpose of denying the CPC a governorship Candidate of its own in the election “However, it was the timely intervention of both the National Chairman, Prince Tony Momoh and National Secretary, Engr Buba Galadima that saved the situation” CPC said.
“Again, for the avoidance of doubt, the present drive of our governorship candidate is not geared towards electoral campaign at all. Our posters across the state are for membership drive for the newly registered APC as clearly stated on the posters.”
The party however said it would hold a major stakeholder parley next week to deal with the issue of mischief makers as well as other matters bothering on merger discussions with the leadership of ANPP and ACN in the state.
So far, efforts to get the reaction of Mudashiru and Oduntan has proved abortive, as efforts to get their contacts has not yet yielded results, but efforts is still on to get their reaction.