- Two factions in the Oyo state All Progressives Congress (APC) have held parallel congresses in the state
- Both congresses were held in the state capital, Ibadan
- Governor Abiola Ajimobi seem to have lost out in the party's hierarchy in the state
Two factions in the Oyo state All Progressives Congress (APC) have held parallel congresses in the state today, Saturday, May 19.
The two groups in the party, the SENACO faction peopled by loyalists of Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the Unity Forum, which is the camp of various other interests in the party, have been at war over the control of the structure of the party.
While the SENACO faction is holding its congress in Adamasingba Sports Complex in Ibadan, the Unity Forum is holding theirs at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Liberty road, Oke-Ado, also in Ibadan the state capital.
Last week’s local government congress was also held at different venues. While the Unity Forum congregated at the APC secretariats in the 33 local councils, the SENACO group held theirs at the council secretariats.
Minister of communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu; two serving senators; nine out of the 14 House of Representatives members from the state, some state lawmakers, seven governorship aspirants; former appointees are among members of the Unity Forum.
Reports reaching Legit.ng that the Unity Forum is having the upper hand as they have more delegates at their congress that that of the SENACO group.
The two congresses are being monitored by members of the 5-man APC national committee members from the national secretariat, Abuja. Three members of the committee are in SENACO faction congress while two are in the Unity Forum congress.
Meanwhile, 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.
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