- Fatai Diekola, the chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Osun state said his party will lose 2018 governorship election
- Diekola said the failure of APC became manifested when the party lost its bye-election to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- He said though important lessons have been learnt from the concluded bye-election
Alhaji Fatai Diekola, the chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Osun state said the party will lose the 2018 governorship election because it has broken apart.
Reports have it that Diekola made this known while reacting to a newspaper report, which quoted Kunle Oyatomi, the spokesperson of APC as saying that the party in the state is one and united.
NAIJ.com gathered he said the failure of APC in the state was manifested when it lost the recent bye election to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The statement read: ''There is nothing romantic about crisis within a political family, but we can’t afford to condone a lie that has a tendency to drag us backwards in our quest to genuinely reposition the party ahead of 2018.
''As a concerned party member, I have studied the press statement, I wish, I could maintain silence after reading the poorly calibrated speech. The urge to respond to some of the political notes extracted from the statement, is irresistible.
''With much reluctance to believe that Barrister Kunle Oyatomi genuinely meant some of the notes averred in the party press statement.
''Further, it’s very doubtful that Barrister Kunle Oyatomi had all round consultation with party bigwigs before he rushed to the press and tagged the ‘brains’ behind the electoral success of Osun APC in the past, and before things fell apart ‘dissidents.
''The diction and tone of the press release worries me, it doesn’t reflect that important lessons had been learnt from the concluded Osun West Senatorial bye-election.
''However, I’m politically tempted to sympathise with Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, as APC spokesman; he’s understandably handicapped and under intense political pressure to promote a facade of unity within Osun APC.
''The failure of Osun APC state leadership became manifest when we lost Osun West bye election to the Peoples Democratic Party. If the leadership of the party in the state had guided the selection process of the party without public display of bias against one of the aspirants, may be, the result could have been much different''.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Rauf Aregbesola, the state governor, described victory of PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke as people’s choice.
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