Several Youth of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State chapter have called for the total restructuring of the party in the state.
During the protest staged in Osogbo, capital of the state Tuesday, the hundreds of youth who carried various placards called for setting up of an “independent caretaker committee” to oversee the restructuring of the party and turn it into “an election winning machine again”.
One of the youth who spoke with newsmen Abosede Busayo Oluwaseun called for the composition of an all-inclusive party executive structures from wards to state level within 90 days.
He said, “The July 16th governorship election in Osun has come and gone, but the aftermath will remain with us for a long time to come with prospect of its deleterious consequences for our party in the state and coming elections.
“Our party lost a governorship election we should have won. It’s like we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, bringing to a halt the progressive train that began a glorious movement 12 years ago in Osun. We practically surrendered the governorship of the state to a decimated, fractious and disoriented opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The journey to this humiliating defeat began in 2018 with the unjust imposition of the candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, from the wrong electoral zone, Osun Central when the people of Osun were expecting our party to field a candidate from Osun West.
“We had to leverage on the goodwill of the outgoing APC government, the charm and charisma of the then Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the relative strength of our party and members in the state, to be able to just manage to win the election.
“Once the new government that had just a thin veneer of legitimacy was inaugurated, it began a bizarre and ruinous process of delinking itself from the popular and well accepted immediate past administration and the dutiful party leaders and members that made its election possible. This is in gross and ominous violation of our fathers proverb that says a river that delinks from its source will soon dry up.
Oluwaseun added, “In order to address this emergent clear and present danger, we unequivocally make the following demands:
“The dissolution of all party structures from the ward to the state level.
“The setting up of an independent caretaker committee to oversee the restructuring of the party and turn it into an election winning machine again.