The Punch Newspaper reported that the All Progressives Congress has fixed a date for the state congresses in which the state chairmen of the party would be elected. There are two matters that may arise before the said congresses which would be expected to hold in all the states of the federation.
According to the newspaper, the exercise would hold on Saturday, 2nd October, 2021 in all the states of the federation. Recall that the dissolution of the National Working Committee of the party led made the NEC to also decide to dissolve all the state working committees immediately. Now the party would have to face two matters that would arise from the state congresses.
The first matter is that some state chapters of the party still have issues with the congresses conducted at the ward and local government area level. The party has been facing some challenges and in some states and there were reports of violence and parallel congresses and this would be a very serious concern for the political party.
For instance, there was a violence in Osun State chapter of the APC. It was reported that there was a clash between loyalists of Rauf Aregbesola and Gboyega Oyetola at the state secretariat of the All Progressives Congress. The main issue in the congresses is that each faction wanted to dominate the state chapter of the party. Hence, there was a clash of interests.
Actually, clashes of interests are not exclusively in Osun State. There have been some issues in other states just as Mr. Lai Mohammed and Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak are struggling to have control over the Kwara State chapter of the APC.
Now, if the APC continues to hold congresses at the state level, there might be some serious challenges to the extent that some congresses might be invalidated and this would seriously hamper the progress of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Secondly, there is an issue that the party is facing at the Delta State chapter of the party. According to the Vanguard Newspaper reported that some chieftains of the APC had approached a court in the state to ask for an order to restrain Mr. Mai Mala Buni from parading himself as the of the caretaker committee. The court actually granted the prayers of the plaintiff in the suit.
Now the issue of the court is still there and the caretaker committee has come up with a date for the state congrasses. The matter now is that what exactly would the party leaders do about the court order in Delta State? Would the issue be just brushed aside and nothing would happen thereafter?
The deputy chairman of the APC in Delta State, Mr. Olorogun Elvis Ayomanor, led some other officials of the party to approach the court to challenge the results of the ward congresses in the state. If the APC now proceeds with the state congresses, would the exercise not be invalidated at the court?
These are the matters the party needs to address ahead of the state congresses and these matters may seriously affect the whole exercise of the party.
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