BY GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO EKITI—The newly registered, All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State, has expressed worry over how the leadership of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in the state had failed to turn up for Monday’s rally to herald the formation of the new party in the state.
Members of the CPC, led by the chairman, Mr. Babatunde Ajayi, had staged a boycott on Monday by refusing to partake in a rally organised by the PPA.
Rather than participating in the rally, the CPC decided to stage its own rally at the party’s Basiri office, at the other end of the town.
Speaking with newsmen on why they refused to show up at the rally, Ajayi complained that the leadership of the defunct ACN had failed to carry them along.
But countering this position, Public Relations Officer of APC in the state,Mr. Adeleke, said all the merger parties were aware of the rally, expressing fears that the leadership of CPC might be acting the script of fifth columnists to frustrate the party in the state.
He said: “All I am aware of is that the leaders of the ANPP and CPC met with our chairman and other executives in Ado Ekiti on the planned rally, because our leaders are interested in full harmonization of the merger in Ekiti so that the party can take off on a solid footing.
“During the meeting, they reached some agreements which include that our secretariat should be the operational office of the APC. In fact, they agreed to all the proposals brought before them by our leaders. We gave them the date and the venue of the rally . With all these, I don’t know how they were neglected or sidelined.
“Despite the fact that they were aware of the preparation, ACN did not collect a dime from them to organize the rally.”