IBADAN—THE All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State has dismissed the parallel local government congress purportedly held by what it called a dissident group within the party as a joke taken too far by the masterminds.
The State Secretary of the party, Mr. Mojeed Olaoya, in a statement, yesterday said that the purported parallel congresses is illegal, null and void
Olaoya said: “These impostors are overreaching themselves if the said parallel congresses was held as we read online. I want to believe that these people are only out to hoodwink the public by their propaganda, because there was no evidence that any other congresses took place apart from the official one.
“The guideline of the APC is very clear about where to hold congresses, who to conduct it and who to authenticate it. For the avoidance of doubt, the ward congress held last Sunday and yesterday (Sunday) LG congress conducted by the Oyo State APC under the leadership of Chief Akin Oke met all these criteria.
“In strict compliance with our party’s constitution and guideline, we held the ward congresses in the meeting places of the party at the ward level last Sunday. Today, we held our LG congresses within the headquarters of the 33 LGs in the state.
“Both congresses were conducted by the Alhaji Musa Halilu-Ahmed-led congress committee from the APC headquarters and were witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
All these stakeholders, including security agencies, signed the result sheets as stipulated.
“Anything besides this is fake and nothing to worry about. All their claims have been false and everything they have been parading is fake, just as their imaginary membership strength.”
“I want to insist that APC is one in Oyo State. Any member claiming to belong to any forum or splinter group is not a genuine member of our great party, because Governor Abiola Ajimobi has united all those that joined hands to form the APC. We are an indivisible entity.”
He urged loyal party members to get prepared for the state congress of the party, which he said would climax the party congresses, on Saturday.