The Oyo State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the local government congresses of a group within the party, “Unity Forum” held in the five geopolitical zones of the state on Sunday as a joke taken too far.
The party declared the congress as illegal, null and void.
DAILY POST had on Sunday reported that the two camps within the party, one loyal to the state Governor known as SENACO and the other one loyal to former Governor Lamidi Adesina, LAMISTS, now known as Unity Forum, held separate congresses in all the 33 local government areas of the state.
But, State Secretary of the party, Hon. Mojeed Olaoya while reacting in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, the state capital Sunday evening, remarked that the congress was “a sheer waste of time if it indeed took place”.
As a follow-up to the ward congresses held across the state, last Sunday, he said that the APC held a very successful local government congress conducted within the 33 LG headquarters by the Alhaji Musa Halilu-Ahmed-led congress committee, on Sunday.
Olaoya said, “These impostors are overreaching themselves if the said parallel congress 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 congress 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 today’s (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 these 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 then urged loyal party members to get prepared for the state congress of the party, which he said would climax the party congresses.