Tensions, Confusion Marred APC Congress in Southwest

(Last Updated On: 2021-10-18)


. Factional congresses hold in Osun, Ogun, Lagos and Ekiti State

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Congress in the Southwest geo-political zone on Saturday was marred with tensions and confusions as gun men stormed the venue of the Congress in Ogun and Osun State, shot in the air and forced scores of members and security operatives to scampered for safety.

In Ogun State, the violence that broke at the premises of the  palace of Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, created confusion  and disorganised the venue of the congress designed to pick executive of the party in the state. Though the political party has been polarised before the congress with a faction of the party led by the immediate past governor Ibikunle Amosun, now Senator representing the State at the Senate and the other faction led by the incumbent Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

In Oyo State, the APC headquarters  suspened  the state congress  in the state over alleged  forgery of documents meant for the exercise and other irregularities discovered a few hours before the exercise. Chairman, Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Committee, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, gave the order shortly after the commencement of the congress in the state.

In Osun, Governor  Gboyega Oyetola’s faction had its congress  at Osogbo Township Stadium  but chieftains and members of the party who belong to former governor Rauf Aregbesola’s faction gathered at  the open space  opposite Ladsol water factory, Osogbo, for their congress.

Meanwhile, APC Lagos State congress took place at Onikan Stadium, Lagos and at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja. The Onikan faction was attended by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu  and members of APC in the state who are followers of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. The congress at the Airport Hotel was well attended by members of Lagos4Lagos group within APC. The movement was led by Abdulazeez Adediran popularly called Jandor.

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While the congress was on-going at the Onikan Stadium, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu informed members of the party Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will not be attending the congress.

He however, informed the cheering members of the party that Tinubu had called him twice to inquire about the development at the stadium and he let the National leader of the ruling understand  that there is no threat whatsoever with a promise that victory is ascertain.

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