The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) national leadership has stopped the ongoing state congress in Oyo State.
According to ThisDay, the party said the exercise was halted due to “forging of documents needed for the exercise and other irregularities.”
APC is holding state conventions across the country today, (Saturday).
John Akpanudoedehe, APC national secretary, who made the announcement according to the newspaper said, the suspension, was vital to guarantee the credibility of the process leading to the emergence of new leaders in Oyo.
Dr John Mamman was elected APC Chairman in Nasarawa State.
Mr Abdullahi Garba Abbas, Chairman of the State Congress Committee, made the announcement in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital.
The executives were elected by consensus, Mr Abbas said.
Governor Abdullahi Sule congratulated party stakeholders in ensuring hitch-free Congresses.
Dr John Mamman said he was committed to reinforce unity, justice, and an open-door policy for the party’s growth.
An APC official from each of the state’s 13 local governments was sworn in during the state Congresses.
Delegates in Borno returned the 36 state executives via voice affirmation at the conference venue, Sports Centre Maiduguri.
Chairman of the state Electoral Committee, Alhaji Uba Maigari, said the APC had shown unity and thus, no election was required.
Article 20 sub 1A of the APC constitution allowed for election or affirmation of any elective office, he said.
Alhaji Maigari, a former Deputy Governor of Taraba, proclaimed the Congress over.
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said the party would be stronger, urging delegates and other party members to unify and advance APC.
A former acting chairman, Ade Adetimehin emerges new chairman In Ondo APC.
Delegates converged on the venue, the International Culture & Event Centre, the Dome, Akure, from the 18 LGAs, amidst light security.
The Congress was chaired by a lawmaker representing Mikang, Shendam, Quaan-Pan Federal Constituency, Mr Komsol Longgap.
Abia elders call for cancellation
APC elders and leaders in Abia State have appealed for the postponement of today’s state congresses.
The group’s chairman, Senator Chris Adighije, told journalists in Abuja that they agreed with Imo state governor Hope Uzodinma, who is the South-East leader of the party, that no Congress should be held until issues with Wards and Local Government Congresses were handled.
A congress held in defiance of their former position would not be recognized, Senator Adighije stated.
The Senator expressed optimism that the APC will take over Abia State in 2023 provided the party’s difficulties in the state were handled.
Reporting by Dauda Iliya in Maiduguri, Chris Nyamtu in Lafia, Sola Oguntoye/Olumide Abudu in Ondo, Abubakar Bestu in FCT; editing by Saadatu Albashir