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…describes parallel election as “exercise in futility”.
By Olamilekan Jaji
Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has hailed chieftains and members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the peaceful conduct of the state congress of the party in the state yesterday.
Prince Abiodun, who spoke after the election of 37 state officials of the party at a congress held at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, described the exercise as a transparent and inclusive process.
The governor declared the congress which was conducted by the 7-man State Congress Committee led by Hon. Bayo Ohu and witnessed by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ogun, Olusegun Agbaje, as free and fair.
He however, urged the the new executive committee which had Chief Yemi Sanusi, Aderibigbe Tella and Tunde Oladunjoye as chairman, secretary and publicity secretary, respectively, to work assiduously for the party and position it for victory come 2023.
Addressing the gathering earlier, chairman of congress committee, Bayo Ohu, informed that all aspirants for different elective positions of the party were duly screened on Friday.
He maintained that any congress held outside the MKO Abiola Stadium was nothing but “exercise in futility”.
Ohu said the committee had the mandate of the National Working Committee of the party to monitor the exercise.
He submitted that 1,730 delegates participated in the congress which was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.
Ohu said the congress monitored by the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which included the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, was in line with Article 12.7 of the party’s constitution.
The election was conducted largely by voice votes as some contestants withdrew at the congress venue.