Some stakeholders in Delta State have asked the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct fresh ward and local government congresses in the state.
They include the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Festus Keyamo; former Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Ochei; Delta APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Elvis O. Ayomanor, Secretary, Delta APC Leaders’ Council, Hon. Cairo Ojougboh and 15 others.
This was contained in a communique at the end of an expanded meeting of the Delta APC Leaders’ Council, with the majority members of the State Working Committee, issued on Sunday in Abuja.
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According to the communiqué signed by the 19 stakeholders of the party, the recently conducted ward and local government congresses were allegedly manipulated and a list of new party leaders foisted on the people.
Part of the communique reads: “Accordingly, we call on the CECPC to annul whatever he or the CECPC may be regarding as Ward and LGA congresses in Delta State, and organise fresh, all-inclusive congresses. The purported Ward Congress stand rejected by us.
“It should be recalled that a Court of competent jurisdiction suspended not only the so-called Ward Congress but also certain state officers of the party, including the suspended Acting State Chairman.
“The Ward Congress, being invalid and illegitimate, could not be the basis of the alleged LGA Congress or any other Congress. Something can be built on nothing.
“We also reject the so-called Appeal Committee constituted at the behest of the unpopular agent of the CECPC in the State, the agent- provocateur.
“This is exemplified by the Chair of the Panel, who is his personal attorney, and is also engaged as the opposing counsel in the same suit that the aggrieved persons filed in court.”
When contacted for comments, the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the party was not yet aware of the development.