Convention: Fresh Crisis Hits APC As Aggrieved Party Members Take New Action

Reactions have continued to trail the just concluded state congresses of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 20 states on Saturday, October 16.

Although the outcome of the event was crisis- ridden, some members have expressed disappointment with the happenings that characterised the congress.

The crisis caused by parallel state congresses of the All Progressives Congress may stall the party’ s national convention scheduled for December, The Punch reports.

Some of the aggrieved APC members in Delta, Osun, Akwa Ibom and Ekiti states, faulted a plan by the party’ s national interim committee to recognise executive councils endorsed by incumbent governors or highest political office holders in non- APC states.

They, therefore, vowed to continue with suits filed against the national interim committees as well as the ward and local government congresses.

The aggrieved APC members, particularly Ekiti state stakeholders, specifically referred to the Supreme Court judgment on the Ondo state governorship election, which they said declared the Mala Buni- led committee illegal.

The crisis in the party worsened on Saturday, October 16, when opposing groups organised parallel congresses in Ogun, Osun, Kwara, Lagos, Kano, and Akwa Ibom states.

In Delta and Ekiti states, APC chieftains boycotted congresses supervised by the teams sent by the national interim committee.

It was reported that on Monday, October 18, the interim committee planned to recognise congresses attended by incumbent governors in APC states and the highest political office holders in non- APC states.

It would be recalled that the Caretaker Committee of the APC inaugurated a National Reconciliation Committee for the party, ahead of its national convention, a report by Premium Times indicates.

The chairman of APC Caretaker and Extra- ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), which is also the governor of Yobe state, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni performed the ceremony on Monday, October 11, in Abuja.

Buni explained that the committee was set up to reconcile members who were aggrieved by the outcome of the party’ s congresses.

Meanwhile, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the crises in 20 state chapters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), where parallel congresses were held on Saturday, October 16, to elect state executives of the party, were a clear reason the nation was in conflict.

But the All Progressives Congress has described the crisis- hit state congresses as successful and therefore congratulated its members for a good showing.

The Peoples Democratic Party, in a statement released on Sunday, October 17, by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, explained that the fractious congresses of the APC had shown how greed and lust for power by the party leaders created the crisis in all facets of the nation’ s national life, This Day reported.

The main opposition party described the APC congresses as a harvest of confusion in which leaders of the party engaged in a physical, verbal and emotional assault against another while using their thugs to unleash mayhem on party members with charms and dangerous weapons, Daily Trust also reported.

PDP said: ” The outcome of APC congresses in many of the states has shown that it is a party that lacks leadership direction and internal cohesion; a party of unruly people, who are averse to peace, which explains why our country is reeling in crisis under the APC. ”

The Peoples Democratic Party said the APC could not guarantee or give unity, tranquility and progress to the nation.

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