Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Tuesday described the defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as traitors and said those who joined the party were the true lovers of the nation.
Speaking at Oyo State APC Secretariat located at Oke-Ado in Ibadan, the State capital during a meeting with the governorship aspirants under the party, he said the APC was the party to beat and that the best candidates belong to the party.
The aspirants who were on Tuesday called for a meeting on the need to choose three consensus candidates that will slot it out during the primaries could not agree on any particular candidate.
The meeting which ended in a deadlock was billed to last for ten minutes but later held for more than three hours.
Some of the aspirants who were in attendance are Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan; Mr. Joseph Tegbe; Dr. Olusola Ayandele; Mr. Kehinde Olaosebikan; Mr. Kareem Ayodeji; Mr. Kolawole Asanike and Professor Soji Adejumo.
Others are Mr. Olalekan Alli; Mr. Isacc Omodewu; Mr. Soji Eniade; Mr. Bayo Adelabu, Dr. Morounkola Thomas; Mr. Akeem Agbaje and Mr. Sunday Dare.
According to Daily Post, the meeting was, however, shunned by the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu; former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Chief Niyi Akintola and Dr. Owolabi Babalola.
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Ajimobi said, “Basically, we are here, our objective is to move a motion for our party to progress. Today, we want to have a motion. Therefore, being here is simply to move that motion. All that we are saying is that, APC is that party in Oyo state. We parade the highest number of aspirants, not only the highest number, we parade the best in quality. And we have every cause to be proud. I want you to know that all of you in this party, you are lucky Nigerians.
“I want you to know that those who left our party are traitors and those who joined out party are comrades. I repeat it, those on the other side who left our party are traitors and those on the other side and joined our party are the Patriots. Let everybody struggle to find money for posters because anyone who does not have money for posters is wasting his time. I want someone to move a motion for the adjournment of this meeting.
When they could not agree on a consensus, the Governor said, “Let them go and agree among themselves, but if they cannot agree, they will go to the primary election”.