On Thursday 29th July 2021, The ruling party APC, All Progressives Congress has stated that it will go ahead with its ward congresses as scheduled for Saturday, July 31st.
This is according to a statement sent to Anaedoonline.ng on Thursday signed by the National Secretary of the party’s caretaker committee, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) Ward Congresses to elect party executives will hold across the country on Saturday, July 31st, 2021 as scheduled.”
“To this end, ward Congress Committees of the Party has already been Inaugurated and delegated with the responsibility of conducting, supervising, monitoring the scheduled Ward Congresses.”
“The clarification is against the backdrop of persona! opinions being expressed by some individuals on the status of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC ) and its capacity to conduct the Congresses.”
“While it is not our intention to join issues with these commentators, the Supreme Court’s Wednesday judgment affirming the Election victory of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN had no bearing on the CECPC’s status and its membership.”
“Party members and aspirants should therefore come out enmasse and peacefully to participate in the ward Congresses, come Saturday.”
Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo had warned the party to sack Mai-Mala Buni as leader of the caretaker committee after the Supreme Court’s judgment on Akeredolu Vs Jegede on Tuesday.
Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last Ondo Guber elections, had queried the validity of Akeredolu’s nomination by the national caretaker committee of the APC headed by Mai Mala Buni, Yobe governor.
Keyamo urged the party to sack Buni and anyone holding any executive position on the committee and immediately suspend the planned congresses. He argued that this measure was necessary to avoid legal battles since the competence of Buni to hold the position as chairman has been questioned by the supreme court.
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