In a build-up to the forthcoming State Congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, the Panel set up to screen aspirants vying for various state executive positions has called on relevant stakeholders to send fresh names to replace those that have been disqualified to participate as contestants in the exercise.
The Panel headed by Engr. Idris Adeoye had to suspend its activities last weekend following the announcement of the state congress earlier slated for Saturday, October 16, 2021, but it resumed sitting again on Monday and concluded its assignment yesterday (Tuesday) after attending to 80 aspirants from across the 33 local government areas in the state.
In a statement issued on Wednesday and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Secretary, Hon. Afeez Bolaji Repete, the Committee revealed that it disqualified “all aspirants eyeing the post of State Assistant Youth Leader and four out of the five who sought to vie for Senatorial Youth Leader position because they were found to be over-aged.
“At the end of the screening exercise, we found that majority of party members eyeing Youth Leadership positions across board have passed the age bracket of between 18 and 35 years stipulated in the Constitution of our great Party and they were summarily disqualified. Also disqualified are all aspirants who jettisoned the Zoning arrangement prescribed by the leadership of the party in the state and thus sought offices outside their geopolitical zones.
“As a result of this development, we urge aspirants who attended the screening exercise to contact the Secretariat of the party in Oke-Ado to ascertain their status- whether qualified or disqualified. We also use this medium to call on relevant stakeholders to forward a fresh nomination to replace those that have been disqualified on or before noon tomorrow (Thursday).
“Also, it may interest the public to know that four eminent members of the party from Oke-Ogun Zone 1 express their desire to emerge as the next State Chairman and they all have a good account of themselves at the screening exercise. They are; Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi Adejare (Kajola), Mr. Dele Akinleye (Itesiwaju), Engr. Abolade Yekeen Akanni (Iseyin) and Mr. Isaac Ajiboye Omodewu (Itesiwaju).
“It is worthy of note that Oyo APC can boast of quality hands as all the aspirants who appeared before the Panel demonstrated zeal, readiness, and competence to excel in the post being sought if allowed to serve as individuals. Finally, we use this medium to appeal for calm among gladiators and major players within Oyo APC as the national secretariat is doing everything possible to conduct a hitch-free Congress this Saturday”, the statement concluded.