- Controversy is brewing in the All Progressives Congress (APC) state chapter in Bayelsa state
- A chieftain of the party, Engineer Preye Aganaba, have raised an alarm over the composition of the committee to oversee the party's state congress
- Aganaba specifically picked holes with the choice of the chairman of the committee
A chieftain of the APC and member of the ruling party's national convention committee, Engineer Preye Aganaba, has called on the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to call the Bayelsa state congress chairman, Mr Ahmed Usman to order over the purported ongoing congress in the state.
Aganaba said the national secretariat of APC had on Friday, May 18, ordered that Bayelsa state congress should be postponed to Monday, May 21, but stated that the congress committee chairman is currently conducting the exercise on the order of some persons in the state.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, May 19, Prince Aganaba urged the national chairman to quickly intervene in the matter so as not to throw the Bayelsa chapter of APC into crisis.
According to him, “We received directive from the national secretariat on Friday that our state congress should be held on Monday, a position which the national organising secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, confirmed to me.
“The committee was duly informed, the current Bayelsa APC chairman confirmed it and all of us were preparing towards Monday exercise only to be told this morning that the congress chairman was being forced by one man to go ahead with the illegal congress today.
“This is unacceptable to us because the reason why the party is holding congresses is to build the party and not to divide it. We have lost confidence in the chairman of Bayelsa state congress committee.
“We are asking the national chairman to either call the committee chairman to order or remove him because he has compromised the process.
“As we speak now, the congress materials are still with the committee secretary Ambassador Soni Abang, who is not part of the ongoing illegal congress in Bayelsa, so where did the committee chairman get the materials he is using for the congress?” he queried.
Aganaba had earlier raised an alarm that the Bayelsa government was denying the party the use of the multipurpose hall within the state's stadium meant for the APC state congress.
Aganaba, in a statement on Friday, May 18, sent to Legit.ng, also alleged that the government was doing everything possible to frustrate the conduct of APC state congress having applied for the use the facility.
He said the reason for denying APC the use of the public facility was still unknown to the party.
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