- Some aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress have expressed deep concern over the just concluded state congresses of the party
- According to reports, the members in Osun, Akwa Ibom and Ekiti states have faulted the outcome of the event during the congress
- As the crisis in the party worsened, the stakeholders have therefore decided to head back to court and continue with the suits filed against the ad hoc committees of the party
Reactions have continued to trail the just concluded state congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 20 states on Saturday, October 16.
Although the outcome of the event was crisis-ridden, some members have expressed disappointment with the happenings that characterised the congress.
The crisis caused by parallel state congresses of the APC may stall the party’s national convention scheduled for December, The Punch reports.
The Aggrieved APC members in Delta, Osun, Akwa Ibom and Ekiti states, faulted a plan by the party’s national interim committee to recognise executive councils endorsed by incumbent governors or highest political office holders in non-APC states.
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They, therefore, vowed to continue with suits filed against the national interim committees as well as the ward and local government congresses.
Some of the aggrieved members, particularly Ekiti state stakeholders, specifically referred to the Supreme Court judgment on the Ondo state governorship election, which they said declared the Mala Buni-led committee illegal.
The crisis in the party worsened on Saturday, October 16, when opposing groups organised parallel congresses in Ogun, Osun, Kwara, Lagos, Kano, and Akwa Ibom states.
In Ekiti and Delta states, APC chieftains boycotted congresses supervised by the teams sent by the national interim committee.
It was reported that on Monday, October 18, the interim committee planned to recognise congresses attended by incumbent governors in APC states and the highest political office holders in non-APC states.
Recall that the Caretaker Committee of the APC inaugurated a National Reconciliation Committee for the party, ahead of its national convention, a report by Premium Times indicates.
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state and chairman, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) performed the ceremony on Monday, October 11, in Abuja.
Buni explained that the committee was set up to reconcile members who were aggrieved by the outcome of the party’s congresses.
APC suspends state congress in Oyo
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the APC state congress was suspended in Oyo state. Mai Mala Buni, the chairman of the caretaker committee gave the directive following allegations of forged documents meant for the exercise and other irregularities.
Buni, the governor of Yobe state, also directed members of the state congress committee to return to Abuja for further directives.
The party’s national secretary Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, in a statement signed on Saturday morning, October 16, maintained that the party will not tolerate any act of fraudulent manipulation and indiscipline of any kind.