Ogun state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed allegation by a faction of the party that its members were shut out of the recent ward congress for the election of delegates to the party’s non-elective national convention.
APC’S spokesman in the state, Sola Lawal, in a statement in Abeokuta, said the conduct of the congress was supervised by officials sent from APC headquarters in Abuja and followed due process.
He expressed concern that the allegation was being spearheaded ahead of 2019 polls by the same forces, who factionalized APC towards the 2015 polls.
A group of APC leaders led by chairman of the Ogun Central senatorial district, Kunle Adesina, last Tuesday staged a protest at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja, accusing Governor Ibikunle Amosun of preventing their members from participating in the ward congress.
Adesina alleged that the Governor shut them out on suspicion that they were loyal to APC leader in the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.
The APC spokesman, however, said the allegation does not hold waters as the APC appeal committee members sent from Abuja spent four days in the state and left without receiving petitions from anyone.
He stated that, “A five-man Congress Committee headed by Alhaji Bashir Machina was sent to Ogun State by the National Organ of the party as was the case in all the 36 states to conduct the congress. The group did its job and turned in its report to the national secretariat.
“Subsequently, Congress Appeal Panel also came, spent four days without a single petition filed with it. If any one now suddenly woke up to cry marginalization it would be a mere after thought”