Panel Hears Petitions Filed By Senators Odebiyi, Mustapha Over APC Ward Congress In Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, August 19, 2021

Panel Hears Petitions Filed By Senators Odebiyi, Mustapha Over APC Ward Congress In Ogun

By Ayobami  Ife, Abeokuta 

The Ward Congress Appeal Committee of the All Progressives  Congress(APC) have entertained the petitions from two serving Senators - Senator Lekan Mustapha (Ogun East) and Tolu Odebiyi (Ogun West) at its sitting on Wednesday  and Thursday. 

The two senators challenged the conduct of the recent Ward Congress before a five man Appeal Panel sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. 

Apart from the two Senators, elected party chairmen of 2018 in the state as well as some members of Congress committee also submitted petitions.

During the hearing, during which journalists were asked not to witness the proceeding, the panel invited all the parties in the petitions to defend allegations and counter allegations in respect of the congress.

It was gathered that 2023 agenda and who decides the political destiny of members over elective offices in 2023 are the precursors ofthe disagreement among the APC gladiators regarding the Congress and its outcome. 

According to observers, the bickering about the congress has morphed into a proxy war between governor Dapo Abiodun and his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who is battling to retain a modicum of 'say' in the party's emerging structure which only few years ago, was solely at his becks and calls. 

Many are worried because of the tell tale signs on ground suggesting of presence of fission resulting from struggle for control between the two.

However, the Chairman of the five- man committee, Segun  Ojo,  on Thursday  said that members have listened carefully to all the petitioners and those in defence.

Ojo said: "We attended to all the petitioners till late night on Wednesday, and we will be here to listen to any other. All the petitioners have the interest of the party at heart. They want the party to be strong and united.

"There's no acrimony in the party in the State.  APC is in government in the state and we will not allow anyone to disrupt the peace of the state or disorganise the party.

He assured that the Committee would make its recommendations known and submit its report to the national body, adding that the effect of the report would be a guide to the forthcoming local government Congress.

Ojo added "It is a plus for Ogun state  political class to have former governors of the State in the party. We will not allow any to disorganise the party. The party is one that is taking care of internal issues." 

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