It is uneasy calm in Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency of Osun State as stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) kick against alleged moves by some party leadership to impose a particular candidate on them in the guise of consensus at the House of Representatives primaries scheduled for this weekend.
Party youths were seen with placards as they embarked on a peaceful protest in some major towns of the Constituency, singing solidarity songs in condemnation of the alleged imposition.
About six aspirants from different wards in the Oriade/Obokun Constituency are jostling for the House of Representatives ticket. They include Desmond Ojo from Ijeda, D.C.A. Oguntoye from Imesi-Ile, Akinbola Fatiregun from Ijebu-Jesa, Siji Olamiju from Esa-Oke, Nathaniel Agunbiade from Erinmo and Sesan Adeboyejo from Iponda.
The APC primaries for the House of Representatives ticket scheduled for this Saturday is being threatened following allegations that some party leaders are scheming for the imposition of Nathaniel Agunbiade over and above the other aspirants.
It would be recalled that Nathaniel Agunbiade woefully lost the National Assembly seat to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Hon. Oluwole Oke in 2015.
Agunbiade had earlier, between 2011 and 2015, represented Oriade/Obokun Constituency at the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly but stakeholders accused him of poor representation with nothing to show for his outing at that time.
One of the protesting youth, Jeremiah Olatunji Ajayi lamented that “any attempt by APC to force Nathaniel Agunbiade on the Oriade/Obokun Constituents this time around would simply tantamount to planning to fail at the polls and giving Hon. Oluwole One of the PDP easy ride to the National Assembly for the 4th term running”.
Another aggrieved party man, Samsudeen Kehinde Ayinla called for the fielding of more popular aspirant with quality pedigree if APC must emerge winners come 2019.
Ayinla said he “don’t think any reasonable party leadership would dare field Nathaniel Agunbiade against Wole Oke as, in doing that, Oke will just go to church and do thanksgiving ahead of the main election.”
Also commenting, a woman political leader in the Constituency, Mrs. Lydia Ogunsanya opined that fielding the aspirant from Ward 3, Ijebu-Jesa, with 17 Polling Units would have been most strategic for the party in view of the voting strength of the Ward.