APC ward congresses end in violence

10 May, 2018, 00:18 | Author: Judith Dennis
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"The ward congress is orderly and peaceful; here in Bayelsa, we will continue to work hard to bring APC to power".

The ward congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held yesterday in some local governments across Oyo State amid speculations and confusion.

The All Progressives Congress chieftains in Abia State have reacted to the Saturday's ward congresses of the party held in the state.

"We are 100 per cent ready, everything has been put on place.

The aim is to confiscate the results to be submitted to the committee on ward congresses".

"All the other necessary things are ready. He (Amaechi) has the right to say so, but he has no right to turn the entire state machinery against us (stakeholders)", Boms added.

"The thugs suspected to be agents of a factional leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) stormed the venue of briefing risky weapons and unleashed terror on unsuspecting party members which included a federal minister, National Assembly members and state executive members, among others".

"They would just be elected so that they would be the ones to elect leaders during the local government congresses".

Salami also faulted Oki's allegation that the party conducted the ward congress based on 57 local government instead of the constitutionally stipulated and recognised 20 and also 377 wards instead of 245.According to him, "It was a well known fact that Lagos operates 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs, since the administration of erstwhile governor Bola Tinubu and the matter was argued even to the Supreme Court".

Hunkuyi, however, urged the Oyegun-led executive to urgently declare the congress a nullity and order for fresh, transparent and democratic process.

In his remarks, the state party secretary, Mojeed Olaoya, said the ward congress took place in 351 wards across the state.

"We therefore call on all Party members to remain law abiding and where there are issues, they should seek redress through the appeal committees in their respective states".

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