The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee has announced that the party’s local government congresses will hold on Saturday, September 4, across the country as earlier scheduled.
National Secretary of the Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, who made this known in a statement on Wednesday, September 1, said the decision to hold the congresses as scheduled was part of resolutions reached at the 16th meeting of the APC CECPC held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
He said the CECPC, at the meeting, also ratified and adopted the results of the party’s ward congresses held on July 3.
He said: “Accordingly, the CECPC approves the immediate inauguration of Ward Executives by State Caretaker Committees.
“The CECPC hereby directs that the conduct of nationwide local government congresses proceeds accordingly by Saturday Sept. 4, 2021″.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC in Bayelsa, Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu said by virtue of the interlocutory order pending at the Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the APC has no right to conduct any congresses in Bayelsa.
Frank-Oputu, a former state chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), said the interlocutory injunction subsists until the matter before the Appeal Court is heard.
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He said: “For the fact that the interlocutory injunction subsists, nothing can be done until that injunction is vacated. When congresses are done, EXCOs of the Wards become automatic delegates that will vote Local Government EXCOs, and then the state EXCOs; that’s how it goes to the national.
“So, for the fact that there was no ward congress, there can be no LG congress because there are no ward delegates”.
The APC chief also blamed the internal wrangling in the APC on what he described as the leadership style of Chief Timipre Sylva, adding that the inability of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to unite the APC family in the state led to the present political crisis.
He also vowed that the legal battle within the APC in the state would continue until justice was done.