By Dayo Johnson
AKURE — CRISIS in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State deepened, yesterday, as a faction of the party has insisted on being recognised ahead of tomorrow’s state congress.
At a press conference in Akure, Chief Deji Fanibuyan, factional APC Chairman of Akure South, Daodu Bolakale, factional Chairman, Akoko South-West Local government area and Eyitayo Ogunleye, Chairman, Ipogun Ward, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved chieftains of the party across the 18 council areas, said it was “unacceptable and anti-democratic the rejection of their complaints about irregularities that trailed the party’s local governments and ward congresses in the state by the APC congress Appeal committee.”
The aggrieved chieftains urged the national leadership of APC “not to accept any result compiled by the State Executive led by the Acting Chairman, Ade Adetimehin as such did not comply with congress guidelines.”
The APC faction which blamed the party officials from Abuja for the violence and paralleled Congresses in the state, appealed to other aggrieved members across the 18 local government areas to remain calm as necessary lawful means would be taken to redress the situation.
They said: “We validly followed the APC guidelines for the congresses by paying for nomination forms but the APC Congress Committee for Ondo State refused to issue nomination forms to us for the purpose of the respective congresses.
“We had conducted the ward and LGA congresses in the recognized Wards/LGA collation centers in our respective Wards and LGAs throughout the state.
“The Representatives of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, SSS, Police and Civil Defence were witnesses after which the results were submitted to APC State and National Headquarters.
“We urge the national leadership of APC not to accept any result compiled by the minority group led by the State Chairman of APC, Ade Adetimehin as such did not comply with Congress guidelines, for failure to pay for nomination forms as at when due.”
However, a chieftain of the party and a senatorial aspirant, Dr. Olatunji Felder described those behind the alleged parallel congresses as desperate detractors.
Felder said: “For the avoidance of doubt, I make bold to say that the congresses were peaceful and represent the feelings and aspirations of majority members of the party.”