- The All Progressives Congress (APC) is set for its state congresses nationwide
- The head of the congresses alongside appeal committees were inaugurated on Thursday, May 17
- The ruling party used the opportunity to warn against unilateral postponement of congresses
The APC on Thursday, May 17, inaugurated 5-member state congress committees to conduct congresses in different states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Saturday, May 19.
Three-member committees were also inaugurated to entertain appeals that may arise from the state congresses.
Some state congress chairmen are a former deputy governor of Edo state, Pius Odubu (Adamawa); Rtd General Danjuma Danbazzau (Taraba); Prince Austin Eweka (Kano); Senator Domingo Obende (Niger); Senator Jonathan Zwingina (Abia); Senator Olugbenga Obadara (Delta); Senator Uche Ekwunife (Lagos); Honourable Mathew Omegara (Ondo); Peter Obadan (Ogun); Abdullahi Gwarzo (Oyo) among others.
The appeal committees have among others Chris Akoma as chairman of Ebonyi state; Honourable Gbenga Elegbeleye (Rivers); Honourable Bashir Lado (Ogun); Alhaji Abubakar Maikudi (Bauchi); Ambassodor Jerry Ugog (Kano); Barrister Kogolo Peter (Imo).
APC national organising secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, who inaugurated the committees on behalf of the national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said the congress must be conducted in strict conformity with the official APC guidelines for state congresses.
He said the state congress committees are expected to hold meetings with stakeholders in the respective states on Friday, May 18, before Saturday’s nationwide congresses to elect state executive committee which include the traditional 17-member state working committees.
The organising secretary urged the congress committees to ensure a free, fair, democratic and transparent process. He also warned against unilateral postponement of the congresses without approval by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
His words: “Don’t deny anybody who has a payment teller a form. It is undemocratic. You don’t have the power to postpone the election. If you go to a Ssate and you find out that it is impossible to conduct the election, you inform the NWC for approval. The national convention is close by, we want to conclude these processes as quickly as possible.”
For the appeal committees, Izunaso said every petition from individuals who contested elections must be entertained. He cautioned the appeal committees to gauge the security situation in their respective state in deciding where to hold appeal sittings. He said the NWC has the final decision on appeals.
“If the place is volatile for the appeal committee, and they cannot sit there, you can sit in Abuja,” Izunaso said.
Meanwhile, the Ambassador Fati Balla-chaired APC Ekiti state governorship primary election apppeal committee on Tuesday, May 15, submitted its report to the party’s national leadership.
While tabling the report, the committee declared that no petition was received on the primary election conducted in the Ekiti state capital, Ado-Ekiti last Saturday, May 12.
Izunaso received the report on behalf of Chief Odigie-Oyegun at the party's national secretariat in Abuja.
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