The Offa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is presently enmeshed in leadership tussle over battle of supremacy among some notable leaders in Offa, Pilot Politics can authoritatively report.
The tussle was said to be between a two-time House of Representatives member and former commissioner for works in the state, Alhaji Kola Shittu and former Special Assistant on Security, Alhaji Tajudeen Alabi.
Supporters of the aggrieved parties reportedly clashed during a Balogun ward meeting on Sunday prompting the chairman of the party in the ward, Mr Isioye Mayeye to abruptly call off the weekly gathering.
Mayeye told this medium last night that the issue has caused the party in the ward setback, adding that he is making effort to speak with the aggrieved parties.
It was gathered that tension among the supporters of the two party stalwarts started gathering steam at the meeting of the ward held last Sunday at Akingbasa Hall, Offa, following allegation that Shittu sponsored “thugs” to disrupt the meeting.
According to findings, trouble started when the meeting was half way and some “thugs” loyal to Shittu started shouting “shittu nio, shitttu nio” apparently to contrast the popularity enjoyed by Alabi.
Shiittu was alleged to have sponsored about 12 people, comprising six men and women wearing his t-shirt to disrupt the meeting.
According to an elder of the party, Mr Mufu Shogo, “During the meeting, some people loyal to Shittu came to disrupt the meeting chanting Shittu nio, Shittu nio. They started the drama last week and there was fear of retaliation from the loyalists of Alabi.
“Both Alabi and the member of the House of Representatives, Hon Tope Olayonu (Danladi), for Offa have contributed greatly to the fortunes of the party in the state unlike Shittu.
“Today, Olayonu has made the APC very attractive and made us to see the difference of quality representation unlike what we have in the past”, he added.
Similarly, the woman leader of the party in the ward whose name was given as Taibat told this medium that Olayonu is the Saraki of APC in Offa who has contributed and continue to contribute to the development of the party.
“Everybody is happy with Olayonu’s exploit and we have never had it so good. Together with Alhaji Tajudeen Alabi, who was a pillar and a rallying point for us when he was in government, we can only ask that both the former and latter continue to progress in the their political aspirations for the benefit of the party.
Shittu could not be reached for comment last night over the issue as his phone was switched off when his reaction was sought.
Text messages sent to him late night was still being awaited before the paper went to bed.
But Alabi in a text message sent to our reporter last night, described the development as unfortunate
“I can’t understand what informed all these. The ward has been very peaceful since 2015, just of recent because someone was given a consultant to some ongoing projects in the state…the next is to come and cause chaos. It’s unfortunate.