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We’ll only recognise authorised congresses –APC

We’ll only recognise authorised congresses –APC

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John Alechenu and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The All Progressives Congress has said only the congresses authorised by the party and conducted in accordance with provisions of the APC constitution will be recognised.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, said this in Abuja, on Monday.

He was responding to enquiries about the party’s position as it affects states where parallel local government congresses held last Saturday.

Abdullahi explained that the party’s National Working Committee set up congress committees as well as appeal panels charged with the responsibility of conducting congresses at the ward, local government and state levels.

According to him, it is the outcome of congresses conducted by those authorised to do so that will be recognised.

The spokesperson said, “The party’s position is that there is no such thing as a parallel congress. The only congress recognised by the party is that conducted in accordance with the party constitution, which was organised by the congress committee charged by the party to organise such a congress.

“We, therefore, regard any so-called parallel congresses as an exercise in futility and attempt to cause confusion in the party.

“We wish to reiterate that any party member who has any genuine grievances regarding the congresses should channel such through the Appeals Committee in their respective states.”

He said this just as the panel saddled with the responsibility of conducting the congresses in Delta State submitted its report to the party.

The Chairman of the panel, Alhaji Sani Dododo, who addressed reporters after submitting his report to the party’s NWC, alleged that the secretary of his panel connived with unknown persons to make away with 100 result sheets.

He explained that the panel’s secretary claimed that the result sheets were missing.

Dododo said, “When I realised this, I made other arrangements only for us to discover that he was part of it.

“Unknown to him, the Close Circuit Television of the hotel captured him when he went out of his hotel room with a big Ghana Must Go and returned with an empty one. The police are investigating him, they have declared him wanted.”

Also speaking at the event, a party stakeholder in the State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, noted that the issue of parallel congresses in Delta State did not arise because APC’s guidelines for the conduct of the congresses were clear.

He said, “We have guidelines as approved by the National Working Committee and part of it was that the congress committee (sent from Abuja) should liaise with the State party chairman who is here with us.

“We held a stakeholders’ meeting while we were there, two persons, the committee secretary and one other person eloped with some sensitive materials and the police who have charged them with conspiracy and theft have declared them wanted.

Another stakeholder, Chief Great Ogboru,  said he and several stakeholders had cause to complain about what he alleged was an undue interference by the party’s National Chairman in the ward congresses in the state.

“We felt it was undemocratic and unconstitutional and we told him so to his face,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed two suits challenging an earlier attempt by the APC to extend the tenure of its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other officials of the party at the national, state, local government area, and ward levels across the country.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in the two judgments, held that the suits had become hypothetical, academic and spent. He said the party appeared to have abandoned the decision to extend the officials’ tenure.

The judge noted that he had taken “judicial notice” of the fact that the party had conducted its ward congresses on April 5, and the Local Government congress on May 12, across the nation.

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