Parallel Congresses Mar APC States Exco Elections

Emergence of parallel congresses across states of the federation during the All Progressive Congress (APC) states congress election is threatening the foundations of the ruling party.

In Kano State, two state executives emerged after the factions of the state Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Senator Ibrahim Shekarau hold different congresses at different venues.

While the faction loyal to Governor Ganduje holds their congress at Sani Abacha Stadium returned Abdullahi Garba Abba,  the Senator Ibrahim Shekarau-led faction hold theirs at Sani Abacha Youth Centre electing Alhaji Haruna Danzago, as their new chairman.

Governor Ganduje has declared any parallel congress electing state executives as illegal, null and void.

This comes as Police chased away hundreds of Senator Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau supporters from a parallel congress venue.

Hundreds of supporters of Shekarau, Senator Barau Jibrin; House of Representatives members, Shaaban Sharada and Abdulkadir Jobe, had gathered at Sani Abacha Youth Center, Madobi Road to conduct their parallel congress.

However, a combined team of Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and vigilantes were sent to take over the venue stopping anybody from penetrating the place.

A police officer stationed at the gate of the parallel congress venue told a team of journalists that he was working under instructions not to allow anybody access as the congress going in Kano was that of Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium.

Ganduje’s outburst might not be unconnected to reports of a parallel congress going on in the state as organized by the faction of former Governor, Senator Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Barau Jibrin and others.

The Governor, who was surrounded by high powered loyalists of Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya, commissioners and other party loyalists, said his congress is the only genuine and legally-backed one.

In Osun state, thugs have attempted to disrupt the parallel All Progressives Congress’ State Party Congress being organised by The Osun Progressives (TOP), a caucus of the party in the state.

There were sporadic gunshots fired as the thugs engaged in a gun duel with personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

They were however no match for the NSCDC personnel.

Recall that the Gbenga Elegbeleye-led APC State Congress Committee had scheduled the exercise for the Osogbo City Stadium by 10am while TOP slated theirs for the open space opposite LadSol Water factory, Gbongan-Ibadan road, Ogo-Oluwa, Osogbo.

Meanwhile, a new Chairman for the APC has been elected during the parallel congress.

In Oyo State, the State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has postponed its state congress till further notice due to disagreements between the warring factions.

In Ogun State, there were heavy gunshots as loyalists of former Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun gathered at the Ake Palace Pavilion for the State congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Some armed political thugs had invaded the the venue of the congress, shooting repeatedly to scare away Amosun loyalists.

The shooting took place immediately Senator Tolu Odebiyi and Hon. Adekunle Akinlade arrived the Ake palace ground.

Party faithful in their hundreds scampered for safety, even as police struggled to restore normalcy.

Earlier, policemen had locked up the Ake palace to prevent the former Governor’s supporters from holding a congress, but they later left the venue after an order from above.

Our correspondent reports that the Governor Dapo Abiodun’s faction of the APC would hold its congress at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta.

In Bayelsa State, there appears to be signs of tension and confusion among members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State over the intense rivalry among the factions of the party loyal to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and former Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, ahead of the state congresses slated for Saturday in the state.

It was gathered that aspirants loyal to both factions of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and the Former Senator, Heineken Lokpobiri, have indicated interest in the various positions on the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party.

Reports has it that all efforts by the Gov. Buni led reconciliation committee inaugurated by the National leadership of APC to broker peace between the two factions yielded no results.

Also the readiness of both factions is in spite the subsisting court order initiated at the State High Court and the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Loyalists of Chief Timipre Sylva are designated to hold the State congress in the State Secretariat situated at the Mbiama Yenagoa road area of the state capital with aspirants for the various offices of the party chosen based on the four slots shared to each local government councils and adopted by party stakeholders in the State.

The State Chairmanship, Deputy and Secretary positions were zoned to Nembe, Sagbama and Yenagoa Local Government Areas of the State.

The fold of the faction loyal to Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, is preparing to hold a parallel state congress at their Secretariat located at the Dimrose junction along the Sanni Abacha expressway in the capital.

But in the Jigawa state chapter has elected the state executives through consensus.

This was stated by the Chairman of the state Congress committee, Alhaji Haruna Musa, while speaking after the Congress held at Aminu Kano Triangle, Dutse.

He said all the state’s executive members were elected through consensus by the delegates of the party.

Former ALGON chairman and Gumel Local Government, Aminu Sani Gumel, emerged as state chairman of the party.

Others are Nasiru Dahiru Jahun as State Deputy Chairman, Mannir Uba Gumel as Vice Chairman North, Isah Baba Buji as Vice Chairman Central, Abdullahi Ango as Vice Chairman East and Muhammad Umar Dikuma as State Secretary.

He said similar consensus was adopted during the last ward and local government congresses conducted in the state.

The wrangling in the Taraba State chapter has again taken a different dimension as the leadership of the contestant forum called for the immediate dissolution of the state caretaker committee.

The forum has asked the national body to send in a credible person that will conduct the state congress, which could not be held on Saturday due to insecurity.

While speaking with media practitioners on Saturday in Jalingo through their Chairman, Alhaji Buba Madugu, and the Secretary, Sani Abdullahi Tullu, the forum lamented that the committee charged with the responsibility of screening contestants did not deem it fit to discharge their responsibilities.

The group, which also faulted the party’s leadership for not communicating with the members on the congress that ought to take place today, said “as at this moment that we are speaking, we have not received any official communication from our national secretariat as regards today’s congress.”

in Niger State, the ruling APC has witnessed the emergence of some persons as executives in a parallel congress held in Minna, the state capital.

This is coming on the heels of allegations that the party’s Congress Screening Committee had screened and accredited some members vying for various positions and refusing to attend to others in the state, a claim the committee refuted..

However, before the acclaimed genuine congress could hold at the Legbo Kutigi Conference Center Minna, the other members denied screening and accreditation conducted their election leading to the emergence of a new factional executives.

The parallel group held their election and winners were sworn in in a building on Bay Clinic Road in Tunga with over 1,500 APC faithful in attendance.

It was gathered that the group was forced to jettison the Abdulsalami Youth Center, where it had earlier booked for the election because they were later denied access by the state government as the facility was sealed.

Over 30 APC members, who were eyeing various posts in the state party congress, were denied screening by the Congress Committee in the state.

The new factional Chairman, Honorable Nasiru Yusuf Ubandiya, in his acceptance speech, told his supporters that the election they held is legal as it was conducted in the presence of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representatives, Congress Committee from Abuja, security agencies, CSOs and other stakeholders..

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