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But the state Organising Secretary (Caretaker) of the party, Amorighoye Mene, said the ward congress was not held in Delta State.“Ward congress did not hold in Delta. The party members are angry. The policemen at the party secretariat were there to secure lives and property. They were there for security reasons. If you look into the compound nothing is going on.
“How could you have the state headquarters of the party shut on the day of congress. That is to tell you that congresses did not hold in Delta. I say this authoritatively”Ekiti ward congress, a charade, characterized by violence– Pro-Tinubu groupIn Ekiti State, the National Chairman of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023, a group rooting for Bola Tinubu’s presidency within the All Progressives Congress, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, on Sunday described the ward congresses in the Ekiti State on Saturday as charade.
Adeyeye, who lamented the violence and deprivation that characterised the exercise, called on the APC national leadership “to order new ward congresses in Ekiti and fix a new date for the exercise”.The SWAGA national chairman, who spoke at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, said, “We are hereby telling the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, our party members nationwide and indeed, all Nigerians, that there was no congress in Ekiti State yesterday (Saturday). What happened was a charade that cannot pass the test of democracy and it is totally unacceptable”. headtopics.com
Adeyeye, who, in his address titled, ‘The charade called ward congresses in Ekiti State: The morning after’, said, “In places like Ijero, Ado Ekiti and Oye councils, extreme violence was visited on people, leading to one death in Ado Ekiti Ward 10. Several people were also wounded and properties destroyed. We have the video clips of some of these heinous incidents.
The SWAGA leader alleged that members of the Tokan-tokan group loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi, compromised and manipulated the “purported ward congresses in Ekiti State”, said the people also unleashed violence on others to have their way.He said, “Prior to the congresses, the Tokan-tokan members had constituted for themselves a seven-man electoral committee with no input from many party stakeholders in the state. This is even as the CECPC had earlier advised that effort should be geared towards peaceful resolution of conflicts so that the APC could birth consensus delegates across board.
“We are miffed by this level of desperation and wanton electoral recklessness. If it will take killings, wounding of over a hundred of our members and all sorts of violence, for the Tokan-tokan group to succeed in an intra-party contest, what are we going to witness in a general election?
,,“It is disheartening that those charged with the responsibility to strengthen our party in Ekiti are rather pillaging and giving it all sorts of bad names on the track of violence. If we lost three lives in the Ekiti East bye-elections and this again in an intra-party affair, then there is still more to be done to lead us to the right path,” Adeyeye said. headtopics.com
Adeyeye said that as witnessed on Saturday, “the presence of INEC officials was not felt at the congresses. In most of the centres, members of the Tokan-tokan group took over the INEC job. The presence of the law enforcement agents was also very insignificant. We witnessed a situation where people waited agitatedly from dawn to almost dusk, in a decoy deployed to frustrate voters.
“We also recorded a situation later in the day where the Tokan-tokan group hand-picked some loyalists and were moving them from one ward to the other in a save-face measure to give a semblance of congress,” he said.No parallel congresses, exercise free, fair
– Ekiti APCHowever, the Ekiti State APC debunked reports that there was violence in Ekiti State, saying, “We would like to state categorically that the exercise was overwhelmingly peaceful across the state and was a demonstration of our commitment to the principles and practice of democracy as our members trooped out peacefully to elect executives of the party in the 177 wards in the state.
The APC state Director, Media and Communications, Caretaker Committee, Elder Sam Oluwalana, said, “Without prejudice to ongoing investigations by the Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, we would like to clarify issues around the isolated case of violence that occurred around the venue of the congress in Ward 10, Ado Ekiti, which sadly resulted in the death of one person”. headtopics.com
He said, “It is incontrovertible that the congress in the ward was peacefully concluded, followed by a celebration. Afterwards, there was a disagreement between two individuals around the venue on a matter totally unconnected to the congresses, which led to a fight and the unfortunate demise of one of them.
“In most of the wards across the state, the members and stakeholders of the party chose their leaders by consensus after extensive consultations and came out to affirm their choices at the designated congress venues. In other wards where consensus could not be reached, there were free and fair elections in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution.
“There were no instances of parallel congresses anywhere in the state, and the entire exercise was conducted under the supervision of officials of INEC and security agencies,” Oluwalana stated.There was no ward congress in Akwa Ibom, says ex-MILADIn Akwa Ibom State, an APC chieftain and former Military Administrator of Ogun State, Group Capt Sam Ewang (retd), said there was no ward congress in the state.
He said anyone saying there was a congress in the state was acting the scripts of his master.Ewang, in an interview with one of our correspondents, stated, “There is no result. Have you heard of any result announced anywhere? The results could not be announced because there was no congress at all. Anyone telling you that congress took place is talking for his master.”
However, the Chairman of the seven-man committee that supervised the congresss in the state, Yusuf Sheriff Banki, faulted Ewang’s claims, saying the ward congress was held throughout the 329 wards of the state.”Congress illegal, APC constitution does not recognise caretaker
– Niger factional secretaryThe factional secretary of the APC in Niger State, Mohammed Liman, said the party was heading for self-destruction following it decision to go ahead with the ward congress despite the litigation over the legality of the caretaker.
Liman said any action taken by the caretaker committee, including the Saturday’s Ward congress, was null and void, stressing that all those elected as ward leaders would not preside over the affairs of the party.Recall that the secretary and the Chairman, Jibrin Iman, were removed from office over allegation of financial misappropriation, a decision that had been challenged in court by the two leaders and the case still pending.
The secretary who spoke to journalists in Minna on Sunday, warned the party not to continue with the congresses without addressing some pending legal issues.He stated, “We are still the legitimate leaders of the party in the state today and we stand by that because nobody has given us any letter either removing us suspending us.”
No parallel congress in Ogbomoso– AkalaA former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala on Sunday described as false the claim that the APCCC conducted parallel congresses in the Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.There were reports on Sunday that the parallel congresses were held in a part of Oyo State by the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, and Alao-Akala.
Reacting to the claim of a former Vice Chairman of the Ogbomoso Central Local Council Authority, Chief Ademola Olawale, that parallel congresses were held in the local government, Alao-Akala said the minister was not part of that of what he described as an the attempt to cause crisis within the party.
Akala stated, “The Honourable Minister, who is presently out of the country on a national assignment is a man who holds party supremacy in high esteem. He is committed to the growth and development of the APC and will never be a party to such shenanigan of the mischievous element.
“I have not spoken to him today but I can tell you he is not party to the dirty antics of the man that claimed he held parallel primaries in the Ogbomoso North Local Government of all places.“We held a series of stakeholders meeting both at the state level and at the Ogbomoso zone of the state and the minister was fully part of the whole processes.”
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