There Is No Faction But Caucus In Ogun APC
Nigeria news takes a look at the internal politics of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State.
What I can deduce in Ogun State’s All Progressives Congress, APC as at now is not factions but strong caucuses among the chieftains of the party that want their candidates to win the elections.
The APC state secretariat is opened to all party members irrespective of the caucus they belong. There are those that fall into the caucus of the state Governor Ibikunle Amosun who relate well with the Lagos senator Solomon Adeola (Yayi) who happens to be the candidate of the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
They all attend the party’s meeting at the state secretariat but when it comes to a caucus meeting, they know where to meet. This is different from creating factions as being insinuated in some quarters.
So, the attempt at creating a factional crisis is an ill-wind that’ll not blow the party any good, except those who want to act as viruses to destroy the party from within and move to another platform towards the 2019 general elections.
Those loyal to Lagos-based Senator Solomon Adeola (Yayi) ignored strategy and were sidelined. Yes, some party officials loyal to Yayi were replaced almost across the board. But if their leader had been strategic, it was an opportunity to open parallel offices/secretariats. That did not happen because the majority of party members would not have gone there for meetings.
In some places, meetings were being held. But the majority were not even of the APC. They had an amalgam of PDP, LP and all sorts of people, who do not want to identify with APC. How would you now want to bring them on board as APC members belonging to a fictional parallel faction?
In Ijebu East, it appears the major symbol of Yayi has directed his loyalists to return to Ward meetings. And the man covers Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ogun Waterside, being a former member of the House of Reps. So, I know for a fact there is no faction in many LG areas and indeed Federal Constituencies.
If you are not leaving the party for another, opting out of regular party meetings should never have been an option. If you were chased out, even with a handful of supporters, you can hold your ground. A political party is not the personal property of anyone.
It would have made a lot of sense if an aspirant jostling for the party’s ticket had been strong in-house, going round secretariats throughout the state and in the process building up the party.
Yes, some can argue that supporters of the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, may not welcome Yayi’s people. Fine. Not everybody in Ogun State APC is an Amosun supporter. He could visit along with his own people. Besides, in politics, you’ll be shocked how things turn out with Amosun’s supporters trooping out to welcome Yayi.
For me, integration of those illegally removed from their positions is key, instead of this factionalisation angle. But if the officials do not enjoy the backing of party members who elected them in the first place, no reconciliation committee can force such people on party members. That’ll be against the principle of democratic process.
Let the aggrieved start attending meetings.