The local government congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo state, earlier slated for Saturday has been shifted to Sunday.
The Congress Chairman, Alhaji Musa Halilu-Ahmed who disclosed this on Friday, informed that the shift became necessary following the clash of the congress with the local government election being conducted by the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC).
He further explained that the restriction of movement during the LG election would pose a serious logistics challenge for the officials involved in the conduct of the congress, as well as candidates and delegates participating in the APC congress.
The chairman said that all the stakeholders including the party’s leadership and security agencies agreed to the shift in the date of the congress.
Halilu-Ahmed said: “We decided, backed with the decisions of the party stakeholders in the state and security agencies, that the local government congress should be postponed till Sunday.
“The restriction on movement on Saturday is a major reason…if we are not going to infringe on the right of members to exercise their voting rights.
“We first called on the Commissioner of Police (Mr. Abiodun Odude) to intimate him about what we met on ground.
“He has related with his men and other sister security agencies and they said they would be constrained to provide manpower and other required components for the two events on the same day.”