BY BOLUWAJI OBAHOPO, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Friday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was ready for a violence and rancour free local government congress across the state.
He said the present crop of leaders in the state had redefined politics and were ready to lead among thre 36 states in the country.
Addressing party members at a stakeholders meeting ahead of the local government congress at the party secretariat in Lokoja, the state capital, the governor said the party would not tolerate violence and hooliganism during the congress.
Bello said, “We are confident that as we conducted our wards congresses without rancour, that of Saturday and subsequent ones will be devoid of violence. We won’t tolerate violence and thuggery.
“APC belongs to all of us, nobody is being deprived and nobody will be deprived, we are operating under the rule of law to govern our party and the state”.
Speaking, the chairman of the ward and local government congress committee, Bestman Uze-Jumbo, said the committee was prepared to conduct a hitch free congress.
He said the committee was not working with any faction as it was the only authentic committee responsible for the organisation and conductions of the congresses.
According to him, all registered members of the party were expected to be at the venues of the congress to participate in the exercise, saying “if anybody think they can go under the mango tree to do what they like, they are just wasting their time”.
Uze-Jumbo added that the committee already had the authentic membership register of the party and the materials needed for the conduct of the congress.
The acting state chairman of APC, Ahovi Ibrahim, lauded the efforts and commitment of members of the party towards building a strong and united APC in the state.