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Saturday, 19 May 2018

APC CONGRESSES: SIX STATES PRODUCE 12 FACTIONAL CHAIRMEN


True to type, the All Progressive Congress (APC) maintained its chequered image yesterday, with at least half a dozen states holding parallel congresses and electing two factional state chairmen each.However, the widespread violence and needless blood-letting, which characterised the ward and local council congresses in the last two weeks, were toned down as there were no reports of deaths, only violence and intrigues in parts of the country.
The party’s lack of cohesion, passion for imposition of candidates, brazen impunity and lack of team spirit manifested prominently in the South West, where two states, Lagos and Oyo produced four factional chairman, that is two apiece.

The parallel but peaceful Lagos State congresses, which held amid tight security, was monitored by representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the State Congress Committee from the APC National Headquarters, Abuja, headed by Senator Uche Ekwunife.The congresses took place at the party’s secretariat, along Acme Road, Ogba, and at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja. The Right to Chose Coalition, which comprise the new Mandate Group, Justice Dorum, and Broom United Movement (BUM) met at the latter venue.
Consensus and affirmation of aspirants were, however, adopted at both congresses without rancour or complaints.In her speech, Ekwunife said the congress held at Acme was the authentic one, because it was witnessed and monitored by INEC and representatives of the party, which she led, stressing, “We have been interacting with party stakeholders in Lagos since Thursday. The congress in Lagos is physically stable, and we hope other states will emulate what is happening here.”

She also commended the outgoing state chairman, Otunba Henry Ajomale, for the maturity displayed in leaving the stage for a successor, after serving meritoriously for years, as well as other outgoing members. Ekwunife also dismissed insinuations of any crack in Lagos APC.
Consensus and affirmation of aspirants were, however, adopted at both congresses without rancour or complaints.In her speech, Ekwunife said the congress held at Acme was the authentic one, because it was witnessed and monitored by INEC and representatives of the party, which she led, stressing, “We have been interacting with party stakeholders in Lagos since Thursday. The congress in Lagos is physically stable, and we hope other states will emulate what is happening here.”

She also commended the outgoing state chairman, Otunba Henry Ajomale, for the maturity displayed in leaving the stage for a successor, after serving meritoriously for years, as well as other outgoing members. Ekwunife also dismissed insinuations of any crack in Lagos APC.
The newly elected officers include the state chairman, Mr. Tunde Balogun; Deputy Vice Chairman, Mr. Sunny Ajose; Vice Chairman Lagos West, East and Central, Mr. Funsho Ologunde; Otunba Kaoli Asipa; Mr. Hakeem Balogun; State Secretary, Mr. Wale Ahmed; Public Relation Officer, Mr. Joe Igbokwe; Women Leader, Jumoke Okoya-Thomas; and Youth Leader, Mr. Tayo Sanyaolu.

Present at the congress was Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his deputy, Idiat Adebule; senators Remi Tinubu and Gbenga Ashafa; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, and other lawmakers in the state.

Meanwhile, Mr. Fouad Oki, the campaign manager for former governors Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, and Ambode, emerged as state chairman at the parallel congress held at Airport Hotel.Others are: Deputy Chairman, Sank Oloyede; State Secretary Wale Oshodi; State Treasurer, Kufisile Arwmo; Auditor, Idera Lawal and others.

Although, it was alleged that Fashola, Mrs. Joke Orelope and the APC National Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire, sponsored the parallel congress, none of them was present at the event.The faction stated that its congress was in strict compliance with the constitution of the party, while the second one at Acme, Ogba was not.


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