Any Parallel APC Congress In Ogun Is Nullity, Void - Wale Ohu Declares - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, September 4, 2021

Any Parallel APC Congress In Ogun Is Nullity, Void - Wale Ohu Declares

Abiodun, Deputy Governor Hail Peaceful LG Congress As Ogun APC Elects New Excos

                 •Governor Abiodun

           •Deputy governor (middle

By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta 
The Chairman, Ogun State All Progressives Congress(APC) Local Government Congress Committee, Chief Wale Ohu, has declared that any parallel congress conducted by any person or group in the State is an exercise in futility. 

Chief Ohu said the Committee and its seven members remained the legitimate body to conduct congresses in the State as directed by the National body of APC, saying any parallel congress represents an attempt at "disuniting the party." 

He declared that the results of such parallel congress is "null,  void and of no effect," also assuring that "the National leadership will deal decisively with those conducting parallel Congress, no matter their political status."

He spoke at the APC state Secretariat on Abiola Way, Abeokuta on Saturday shortly after the conclusion of the Local government congress conducted across the State's 20 LGAs and while fielding questions from newsmen on the backdrop that loyalists of former governor, senator Ibikunle Amosun, had held separate congresses in the State.

 Ohu said the committee and its members were sent to Ogun State to conduct the Local government congress and we're provided with relevant  authentic and sensitive materials for the exercise just as the National had instructed them to abide strictly by the party guidelines, which he stressed, had been faithfully followed throughout the 20 LGAs. 

According to him, whoever or group that had conducted any parallel congress in defiance of the party's directive and stern warning, would not have the results accepted.

In his remarks after monitoring some of the local governments with his team, Wale Ohu noted that the 7- member Committee was sent from the national secretariat of the party to conduct free, fair and rancour free Congress, while applauding members for ensuring a peaceful exercise.

"This Congress is a fallout from the Ward Congress. The exercise in the State is excellent and perfect. We visited the 20 Local Government Areas in the state and we observed orderliness, consensus and it was  great outing for our party members.

"We hope  the party will sustain this and still want to state further that there is no parallel congress anywhere in the state. APC is one and any other thing apart from this is null and void," Ohu  declared.

Three delegates were chosen to represent each local government at the national convention.

However,  governor Dapo Abiodun and Ibikunle Amosun have been having a running battle  over the soul of Ogun APC and the party structure, leading to separate wards and Local government congresses conducted.

The political war between the two hitherto long standing friends is rooted in 2023 agenda according to observers.

It is believed that who controls the party structure between Dapo Abiodun and Amosun will not only have a strong voice during the forthcoming National Convention of the party but also to a large extent, influences who gets what ticket for 2023 any elective office at the State level. 

It is the reason each of the feuding camps is throwing almost everything into the ring in bids to emerge winner.

The two camps conducted and inaugurated faction ward executives during the exercise held on July 31 and despite  warnings by  the Chairman of the State Congress Committee, Wale Ohu, against anti - party, the two groups elected their separate LG Party executives through consensus approach.

In Abeokuta South, The Daily Crucible observed that Abiodun's loyalists held their congress at the Centenary Hall in Ake, Abeokuta while Amosun's loyalists conducted their congress at the Panseke park.

In Abeokuta North, Amosun's faction held theirs at the premises of the African Church Grammar school while Abiodun's loyalists held their congress at Unity High school, Enugada, Abeokuta.

It was  observed that, 27 officers of Abeokuta South LG emerged through voice affirmation.
Our Congress Is Successful  - Amosun's Camp

Speaking on behalf of the Amosun's faction, Tajudeen Lamboye, the SouthWest Legal adviser of APC insisted that the Amosun's faction remained the authentic executive body of the party Abeokuta South LG.

Lemboye said: "We have successfully elected our officers for Abeokuta South local government area of the party. I'm a supporter of Senator Ibikunle Amosun and I'm one of his loyalists and we all here are his loyalists and we believe in his leadership that is why we are here."

Gov Abiodun, Deputy Hail Congress 

However,  Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, commended leaders and members of APC in the state for the peaceful conduct of the local government congresses of the party.

Abiodun, who gave this commendation while addressing party faithful at the St. Saviour Anglican Primary, Ikenne, venue of the congress in Ikenne Local Government Area, said the peaceful manner in which the party conducted the exercise was a strong indication that APC remains the party to beat, not  only in Ogun but in Nigeria.

He expressed satisfaction over the consensus approach in electing a 27-man executive committee in  each of the 20 local government areas in the state, noting that the approach would further entrench internal democracy in the party.

Abiodun, while recalling that the recent local government election in the state had been adjudged as the most transparent and fairest, said the building of the party from the bottom would go a long way in making it stronger and prepare it ahead of the general elections come 2023.

The governor, who described the turn out of the party faithful as impressive, thanked APC members for their patience and discipline, which according to him, have further endeared the party to the people.

According to the Governor, the APC, due to  influx of people from other parties, has grown since 2019 to become a dominant party in the State, assuring that no one would be discriminated against as a result of time of joining the party.

"Our party has grown from where we were in 2019 because people from other parties have joined us in large number.
This party is an inclusive party. No one will be discriminated upon whether new or old member. We will give everybody equal opportunity.

He commended the Wale Ohu-led Local Government Congress Committee for ensuring a rancour free exercise in the state, saying the party would continue to welcome members from other parties.

The governor also assured that his administration would continue to deliver on the electioneering promises by being inclusive, transparent and equitable.

"As you can see, the turnout here is impressive. Party faithful have conducted themselves in a manner devoid of rancour. We are the party to beat; APC in Ogun will continue to be inclusive and welcome new members from the other parties. 

"I want to sincerely thank our members for their patience and discipline, as well as adherence to the party guidelines for the conduct of the local congress. And to this end, I will like to thank the Wale Ohu-led  Local Congress Committee from the national headquarters of our party. He and his members have done a Yeoman's job in ensuring party directives are adhered to. 

"And I, as the captain of the team in the state, I want to assure you that I will continue to do my best to deliver on my electoral promises," the governor submitted.

Deputy Governor Urges New Party Excos To Represent Ogun APC  Well

Deputy Governor Noimot Salako-Oyedele has urged the newly elected 27 Ado-odo Local Government APC party executives to always represent the party well  at always  

Salako-Oyedele stated this while monitoring the conduct of the Congress at Chief Nasiru Deinde hall, Ado-Odo Ota local government secretariat.

She  said the interest of the party must be protected whenever applicable by leaders of the party at the local government level.  

" In politics, there is no 99% loyalty, It is 100% loyalty. We must ensure that all our interest align with the interest of our leader, the governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun and we must not involve ourselves in anything that will destroy our party," she said 

The local government Congress which 27 positions to be filled, had in attendance representatives from  the 16 wards in Ado-Odo Ota local government. 

 What Amosun's Camp Did Is Dead On Arrival Exercise - Oladunjoye 

Similarly, the Publicity Secretary of APC Caretaker Committee  for Ogun State,  Ambassador 'Tunde Oladunjoye, dismissed the separate congress allegedly  conducted by Amosun's camp as dead on arrival. 

Oladunjoye  said: "There was nothing like a “parallel” in Ogun APC's Local Government Congress held across the state this Saturday. The position of the national leadership of our party regarding the modalities for this  congress was too clear and devoid of any ambiguity.

"The Wale Ohu-led Congress Committee conducted the congress and the exercise was very open and peaceful all over the 20 Local Government Areas and was supervised by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Police as well as operatives of the Department of the State Security Service (DSS).

"I must also add that the committee never split itself into two for the purpose of conducting any “parallel”congress in Ogun. So, all those claiming to have had any “parallel congress” elsewhere were only celebrating charades.

"Let me quickly remind you that these set of people also did the same thing in the build up to the year 2019 general elections in the state and you will recall that the outcome of their actions were nothing but effort in futility. That action was even one of the reasons that fetched the former governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, a suspension from the party."

Winners Speak

Also,  in their separate remarks, leaders of the party in Ado-Odo Ota, Chief Samuel Aiyedogbon and Hon. Kazeem Salako, appreciated the support of party members in the local government and for trouping out enmass for the Congress.  

In his acceptance speech, the newly elected party Chairman Mr Jimoh Akeran, appreciated all party faithfuls for electing him, pledging that he will not betray the confidence reposed on him, while assuring them of his unalloyed loyalty to  the party and the state government.

Dignitaries at the Congress includes;  Commissioner for Forestry, Hon. Tunji Akinosi, Chairman Local Government Service Commission , Hon Layi Taiwo, Chairman elders forum, Ado-Odo Ota, Chief Rasheed Ajibote, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Housing, Chief Segun Ojolowo, Chairman Ado-Odo Ota local government,  Hon Musa Sheriff, amongst other.

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