*As other party group kicks
STEPHEN GBADAMOSI, IBADAN
A former Commissioner for Lands and Housing in Oyo State, Mr. Isaac Ajiboye Omodewu, at the weekend, emerged as new chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
However, the emergence of the new chairman did not come without drama within the ranks of stakeholders in the party.
Omodewu emerged at the party’s congress held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Oke-Ado area of Ibadan, the state capital.
His emergence followed a motion for the affirmation of the names of new state executive members of the party which was moved by a member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Dokun Odebunmi.
The motion was seconded by a former Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Kehinde Subair.
The congress, which was witnessed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, led by the state Resident
Electoral Commissioner, Barrister Mutiu Agboke, was supervised by the Secretary of the APC State Congress Committee, Abdullahi Bello.
Bello, who is also the APC chairman in Kogi State, maintained that a consensus agreement was reached to conduct the congress.
The names of all the executive members were read by the committee and were affirmed by the party members who were present.
Other executive members of the party who emerged at the congress included Alhaji Laide Abass, deputy chairman; Mojeed Olaoya, Oyo South senatorial chairman; Joshua Oyebamiji, Oyo Central senatorial chairman; and Tunde Oloyede, Oyo North senatorial chairman, among others.
Some of the leaders of the party present at the congress were Senator Teslim Folarin, Alhaji Yunus Akintunde, Chief Lowo Obisesan, among others.
Omodewu, in an acceptance speech, urged leaders and members of the party to join hands with him in order to reclaim the state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023.
He said as the chairman of the APC in the state, he needed the support and cooperation of co-aspirants, critical stakeholders and members of the party in order to take back the state.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, another tendency within the party had converged on a popular hotel in the state capital, called a press conference and demanded for the suspension of the exercise.
It will be recalled that chairman of the congress committee, Honourable Gambo Lawan, had on Saturday told journalists that whether by voting or affirmation, the congress not be postponed again.
The aggrieved group, which described itself as “major stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress in Oyo State,” made its announcement through a chieftain, Senator Ayo Adeseun, during a press conference.
The controversy had contributed to the delay of the exercise before it was concluded later in the afternoon.