…We’ve commenced reconciliatory moves-APC spokesman

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Lagos, as supporters of House of Representatives aspirant, Prince Idris Balogun, in the Alimoso Federal Constituency chapter, have threatened to defect to another party over the seeming injustice done to the aspirant during the party primaries.

Speaking to journalists at the weekend, the supporters, led by their spokesman, Olalere Oyetola, lamented that despite that their candidate, Prince Balogun, popularly called “Oluomo Kafata,” being the most popular and widely accepted aspirant, the leadership of the party gave its House of Representatives’ ticket to another aspirant.

According to Oyetola, “We’re supporters of Oluomo Kafata and we are registering our grievances and displeasure at the injustice done to him during the last primaries of the party,” Oyetola said.

“Balogun has been the man who has been driving the party forward in Alimoso Federal Constituency.

“He has been empowering people of all cadres: students, women, widows and party members. Over 5,000 people have benefitted and more are still benefitting from his empowering programmes “

Oyetola stressed, “Balogun has been doing everything in the name of the party and he has been able to put the party in the consciousness of the people.

“His empowerment programmes have been second to none. This is a man who has purchased buses to convey school children to and from school in the name of the party.

“He purchased a grading machine worth N100 million used in grading roads. All these are done free of charge and in the name of the party.

“Balogun is the consensus candidate of the party. The primary for Rep could not take place in Alimoso due to violence. Two people were killed on that day. After due consideration, it was decided that Oluomo should be the consensus candidate.

“We were surprised that a kangaroo primary was organised at the party secretariat and schemed him out.

“They have to let the whole world know what is happening in Alimoso because supporters of Oluomo are not happy.

“He (Oluomo) has been the one telling us to calm down that the leadership of the party is looking into the problem.

“However, not even him can keep us calm for long. We’re not happy and we may leave the party if urgent steps are not taken to redress the situation.”

Others who spoke with the media at the occasion, registered there readiness to leave the party en-masse if not redressed.

One of the protesters, Bayo Akinlude, said, “The leadership of the party should know that if Balogun is allowed to leave the party, APC will lose in Alimoso Federal Constituency.

“He is the most popular candidate, a grassroots mobilizer and the choice of the people. He will win the election on any party’s platform,” e said.

We’ve commenced reconciliatory moves-APC spokesman

Publicity Secretary of APC in Lagos, Seye Oladejo who confirmed receipt of the protest, said there was no cause for the alarm as the party leadership has waded into the matter with the view to resolving the issue amicably.

According to Oladejo, “We’re well aware of a number of outstanding issues as a fall out of the last primaries on. Alimosho and other areas.

“The party has its internal mechanism to resolve conflicts. This and others will be sorted out in due course so that we can face the forthcoming elections as a united family.”

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