ploy to install Ajimobi, insists Gbenga Aluko for Deputy National Chairman post
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to ensure that its nomination of Senator Daniel Gbenga Aluko to fill the vacancy of Deputy National Chairman(South) is respected, as other interest groups from the region escalates scheming to install a former governor in the position.
The APC chapter in Ekiti had, over the weekend, held a meeting to decide on a candidate following a note from the national body of the party seeking its nomination of a suitable candidate for the office of the Deputy National Chairman (South) in response to the notification to fill the vacant position from the National headquarters of the party.
The chapter, in a letter addressed to Pastor Bankole Oluwajana, National Vice Chairman and Zonal Chairman,
South West Caucus of the APC, titled: Re: Replacement of Deputy National Chairman (South) informed the party’s national leader that going by precedence, the state’s should be the one to occupy the office, which was earlier occupied by the current Minister of Trade and Industry, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.
The post of Deputy National Chairman was zoned to Ekiti State. However, according to sources, a section of the party from the south west some party leaders from the region are working hard to get the position for former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajumobi. They are also said have secured the support of National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. Incidentally, Oshimhole himself benefitted from the extant arrangement as he got into office to replace another Edo politician, Chief Odigie Oyegun.
‘’It is all about 2023,’’ the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘’You know this is a powerful position. So, some politicians want to violate the rule so that they could install their own person in the position for personal benefits.’’
The source said although the APC Zonal executive meeting held on Tuesday in Osogbo should have been the place to announce the name of the new national official, this could not happen because of the disagreement. The Ekiti chapter however successfully prevented what would have been a coronation of Ajimobi as the zone’s nominee for the office.
The Ekiti APC’s letter, signed by its Chairman, Paul Omotosho, reads:
‘’We present our compliments to the APC Zonal executive, meeting in Osogbo, Osun State, Tuesday February 4, 2020.
‘’We write to inform the zonal caucus that the Ekiti State chapter of the party met in Ado Ekiti today, 2nd February, 2020 to deliberate on the nomination of a suitable candidate for the office of the Deputy National Chairman (South) in response to the notification to fill the vacant position from the National headquarters of the party.
‘’We are pleased to inform the South West Caucus of our decision to nominate Senator Daniel Gbenga Aluko to fill the vacancy of Deputy National Chairman(South). Our National Working Committee (NWC) represents a tremendous amount of talent, experience and wisdom and we are convinced that Senator Aluko will be an invaluable addition to this important party organ.
‘’Senator Aluko is an extremely well regarded and experienced party loyalist. He is an entrepreneur, industrialist and politician. He served as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in that capacity, he became a Principal Officer as the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate between 1999-2003.
‘’The Zonal executive may note that that the position of the Deputy National Chairman became vacant on the appointment of Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo from Ekiti State as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Otunba Adebayo served almost two years of a four-year tenure as prescribed by the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress, 2014 (as amended).
‘’We wish to specifically draw the attention of the South West Caucus to the existing precedence on the replacement of members of NWC in previous instances where vacancies arose when the incumbent office holders were unable to complete their tenure.
‘’It has been the practice of our party that where a vacancy occurs in NWC, it shall be filled on the recommendation of the State Executive Committee from where the vacancy arose. Members of the South West Caucus may recall that when the position of National Publicity Secretary became vacant on the appointment of Alhaji Lai Mohammed from Kwara State as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Party referred the matter to the North Central Zonal Caucus who then nominated Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi also from Kwara State as Mallam Abdulahi’s replacement. Even in the wake of the Party convention in 2018, the position was retained in Kwara State with the nomination of Lanre Issa-Oniru. Indeed, subsequent replacements of party officials with uncompleted terms have followed this sensible precedents.
‘’We humbly urge the South West Zone to affirm this precedent on the replacement of NWC members who are unable to complete their tenure, from the State where such vacancy occurred and to further support the nomination of Senator Gbenga Aluko as Deputy National Chairman (South).’’
PROFILE OF SENATOR GBENGA ALUKO
Senator D.O (Gbenga) Aluko
Senator D.O (Gbenga) Aluko was born July 20, 1963 to late Professor Samuel Aluko and Mrs. Joyce Aluko, renowned Professor of Economics and mother, Deputy Registrar/Director of Administration, Budget and Planning at the University of Ife, Ile Ife and University of Benin, Benin City where she eventually retired in 1982. Daniel Aluko graduated from the University of Benin in 1982 in Geography with specialization in Regional Planning. An entrepreneur, industrialist and politician who became Special Assistant to the Minister of Transport and Aviation as well as General Manager, Nigeria Shippers Council in 1993-1995 before proceeding to becoming a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Deputy Chief Whip 1999-2003. In 2007, he was appointed Director, Government Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Mid Africa Strategic Business Unit, a position he held till January 2018, when he retired to contest the Governorship position of Ekiti State under the APC. He lost to the incumbent Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and returned back to his private business and was later appointed Consultant to Chevron Nigeria Mid Africa Strategic Business Unit in December 2018. He is currently Executive Chairman of Alsteg and Midlands Limited and Consultant to Chevron Nigeria, a subsidiary of Chevron Corp Inc, a Global Energy Company.