Oyo APC holds parallel state congresses

Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan

The crisis within ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has refused to abate as two state executives on Saturday emerged for the party.

Both congresses were monitored by INEC officials and congresses Committee Members from Abuja.

An executive led by the outgone Chairman of the party, Mr Akin Oke held its own congress at Adamasingba stadium, while another chairman Mr Isiaka Alimi held its own congress at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan.

Oke and Alimi were the outgone chairman and Deputy chairman respectively.

Present at Obafemi Awolowo stadium were: Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, a senator representing Oyo Central, Mrs Monsurat Sumonu, eight members of House of Representatives, Party leaders, 22 out of the 26 outgone executive members of the party in the state while former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and former Senate leader, Mr Teslim Folarin joined Governor Abiola Ajimobi at Adamasingba stadium.

Chairman of the congress committee and former deputy governor of Kano State, Mr Abdullah Gwarzo said he was not aware of parallel congresses in Oyo state.

He said he monitored the congress at Adamasingba stadium which he described as a success, adding that he monitored the congress along with INEC officials.

Speaking at Adamasingba, Mr Ajimobi described those who held parallel congress as perpetual failure, staring that his group had the authentic executive which has the mandate of the national secretariat of the party and INEC.

Minister of Communications, Shittu and Sumonu, on their parts, said the parallel congress was as a result of their demand for justice in the party.

Shittu said, "This congress is to liberate our people from impunity. It is to liberate our party from imposition. It is to liberate our people from oppression. We are not going to be violent but we shall use our broom to liberate ourselves."

Earlier, secretary of the aggrieved members, Unity Forum, Mr Wasiu Olatunbosun, said the internal mechanism to check the governor's impunity was exhausted and that was why the group went for parallel congress.


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