- Politicians have been warned by the police in Ogun state following the parallel congress being planned by Amosun and Abiodun
- According to the police, any form of thuggery will not be accepted as the congresses hold in the state
- Abiodun and his predecessor have not been in good terms are both battling t take control of the party in the state
The Police in Ogun state warned against political thuggery and violence as the two major factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to conduct parallel State congresses on Saturday.
The warring groups led by Governor Dapo Abiodun and his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had held parallel ward and Local Government congresses last month.
The factions battling for the soul of the ruling party have now concluded plans to also hold separate congresses to elect the state executive members of the APC in the exercise slated for Saturday.
He said they are also not a new tier of Government but administrative structures to manage the major cities within the state.
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“It’s obvious that some people do not understand the concept of metropolitan authorities . Our major cities are bigger than the Local Government Councils in which they have been balkanize.”
Amosun group had picked the Ake palace ground, Abeokuta as venue of its congress, Abiodun’s faction will be conducting their congress at main bowl of the MKO Abiodun stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.
The State Police Command said it had deployed large number of policemen to secure the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, where Abiodun’s faction had picked as the venue of the congress.
The Police Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement, on Friday night,
warned that “any act of hooliganism and brigandage before, during and after the congress will not be tolerated.”
Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has expressed deep anger at the propensity of political money bags to rig elections in the country, saying ahead of the 2023 general election, it has become imperative to advocate the death penalty for election riggers.
This was as the party kicked against zoning of the Delta state governorship ticket to the Central Senatorial District, saying in a state like Delta with its political maturity and as home to eggheads, competence must trump zoning.
Vanguard reports that chairman of the party in the state, Amb Oke Idawene who is also the Chairman, Forum of SDP State Chairmen, made this statement.
2023 Election: Ex-Delta speaker, others set to dump APC for PDP
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that as the political plot thickens ahead of the 2023 general elections, some political party members have been defecting from one party to the other.
These politicians have always had one reason or the other for their defection; some for the political alignment in preparation for the elections ahead, others to garner support for their preferred candidate vying for key positions.
However, on Thursday, October 14, Punch reported that the former Speaker of the Delta state House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya and an ex-lawmaker of the House of representatives, Solomon Edoja, have reportedly defected from the ruling party to the Peoples Democratic Party.