Bayo Oyewale ,Lokoja
The Special Adviser to the Kogi State Governor, Honourable Abubakar Ohere has described the Local Government congress of All Progressive Congress as peaceful and successful.
Ohere who disclosed this while speaking at Lafia street, Okene, the venue of the congress,stated that the conduct was devoid of violence .
He noted that with the conduct of Saturday Local government APC will be a party to beat in the coming elections in the state.
At Kabba/Bunu local government, the speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly,Right Honourable Mathew Kolawole said the conduct was peaceful without out any problems from anybody.
Kolawole stated that that the Party is indivisible family, noting that he was not aware of the parallel Congress anywhere in the State.
However a faction of the Lokoja LGA All Progressives Congress (APC) members have elected a new Executives to run the affairs of the party.
Usman Mamanlafia, and Abubakar Nagogo Maiyaki have elected as the factional Chairman and Secretary respectively in a twenty seven man executive, that took place at St Luke’s Model Primary School Adankolo.
The faction is alleged to be loyal to the embattled State Chairman of APC, Hady Ametuo
The congress was supervised by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and in the presence of men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad.
The newly elected chairman pledged to carry along all segment of the party with a call on those aggrieved to close ranks in the interest of the party.
The Chairman described the enthusiasm of the members to defy the rains in an exercise to strengthen internal democracy, as commendable.
In their separate remarks, some elders of the Local Government Area APC Elders who include: Mr Bosede, Mustapha Allahdey, Ranti Adeagbo, Francis Angulu, and Mrs Toyin Classy, described the elected officials as capable of moving forward the party, urged them to reach out to more members with a view to swelling the ranks of members of the party.
Meanwhile in a statement signed the Director of General , Media and Publicity, Kingsek Fanwo has dismissed rumors of “parallel Congresses in Kogi State, saying organizers of such and their sponsors should be expelled from APC.
“You can see the orderly manner in which our party members have elected our executives.
“The strength of our party lies in our internal democratic mechanism. We are a law abiding party”.
When asked about reports of parallel Congresses in Lokoja LGA, Fanwo said the people who organized the “the purported parallel Congresses are jesters and politically confused individuals who are out to destroy the party.
According to Fanwo who is also the Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor, the Congress has be “hugely successful”.
“Last week , they issued a press statement that they won’t be taking part in the Congresses, only to wake the following morning to claim their group already had majority of the Ward executive.
“People do not take them serious anymore. They are mere political jesters who want to destroy the party before moving to other parties they have been sponsoring secretly.
“There was a Stakeholders meeting yesterday where Party faithful were addressed by the Congress Committee sent to the state to midwife the process. Those claiming to have done parallel Congress didn’t attend.
“Security agencies must go after those hoodlums who claimed they had another Congress apart from the one originally supervised by the National Headquarters of our great party.
“Security agencies should question how they forged the materials they used and ensure proper prosecution of the perpetrators and their Abuja based sponsors.
“For moving against our party Leadership and the constitution of our party, I will want to see the party take drastic measures to curb indiscipline among members”.
The Governor’s spokesperson urged for calm among members, urging them to remain calm in the face of “falsehood and negative propaganda by agents of politicians with dual citizenship”. He also urged members of the party to be united in order to surpass the number of votes recorded in the 2015 elections.