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“We won’t take Akínlàdé back, unless…”

Ogun APC gives conditions

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state has given conditions for the re-absorption of the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in the last election, Adekunle Akínlàdé and his followers back to the APC.

Recall that few days ago, news came that Akínlàdé had led his followers back into the APC after his failed attempt to thwart governor Dapo Abiodun’s victory at the Supreme Court.

The APC in a statement, released by the party’s publicity secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye indicated that meeting the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole is not enough to take Akínlàdé and others back into its fold.

The statement containing the conditions reads thus:

“The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has received news of the return of the entire members of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, its governorship candidate in the last election and the collapse of all its structures into to our great party, the APC.

“To say the least, APC is a party of the progressives and provides room for all. The party, at any point in time, is therefore ready to receive repentant members back into the fold.

“However, while we see the announced return of the APM members into our party as a welcome development, we are quick to add there is a process of joining or returning to our party in accordance with the party’s constitution and established procedures. We therefore urge them to return to their various wards for registration and realignment.

“Also, apart from going back to their various wards to re-enroll and reconcile with their people and leaders, it is also important for them to abide by the prevailing peace and decorum in Ogun APC and work under the Caretaker Executive formed by the National Working Committee of our party under the leadership of Chief Yemi Sanusi.”

“We urge all those who have cases against the party in courts to withdraw same without further delay. Only this will demonstrate their loyalty and sincerity.

“We wish to quote from the statement of the National Working Committee of the APC read by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Monday, December 16 2019 while announcing pardon for some suspended members:

“We hope the concerned party members will seize this opportunity to fully reconcile themselves with their ward, local government, and state party structures, key into the party activities, and continue to make their own contributions to the growth and stability of the party.

“We urge them to also take steps to reconcile with groups and individuals that are important to ensuring a lasting solution to any conflict that may exist in their respective states.

“We must also commend the steadfastness of our members who stood by us through thick and thin we promise that their interests will be adequately taken care of.”

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