The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Committee for Local Government Congress in Osun has announced the results of the congress held in all 30 Local Government Areas and one Area Office in the state.
Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, Chairman of the Committee, who announced the results at a press conference in Osogbo on Monday, stated that the results were compiled and announced in accordance with the party’s Constitution, having satisfied all constitutional requirements as well as the party’s principles and guidelines.
He also stated that there was no other Congress in Osun other than the one organized by the Committee and monitored by officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security operatives.
As a result, Elegbeleye described any other purported congress held in the State as illegal, null and void. He went on to say that the Committee was sent by the party’s national secretariat to conduct the LG congress for Osun APC, not by a faction within the party.
According to him, the Committee was not informed of any other Congress other than the one that its members witnessed and supervised throughout the State.
Elegbeleye, who called the alleged claims of another Congress held by some members of a group within the party a fallacy, stated that “an election can only take place if the dissenting members sufficiently and appropriately informed the Committee of the need to do so.”
He went on to say that “the Committee resolved to hold a Stakeholders’ meeting as part of efforts to register their presence in the State, ratify the decision of the party’s leadership as to whether a consensus arrangement or election would be adopted, and inform any member or group of people in the party who may opt for election of the need to do so having properly informed as the case may be.”
“We have the results from the 30 Local Government Areas as well as the Ife-East Area Office. We were here yesterday to compile the results from the Local Governments.
“As you are all aware, we have come to conduct the Local Government Congress for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, not for any other group. We were sent by the National Secretariat in Abuja to conduct a Local Government Congress for the APC in Osun, not for a group or members of a group within the party. And not a single member of this Committee is aware of any rumored group within the party.
“All we know at the Secretariat is that there is only one APC in Osun, which is why we were sent to conduct the Congress, and as you can see, we are at the party’s Secretariat and not anywhere else. This is the party Secretariat, which is known to the party’s leadership and every member.
“We came here last Friday to hold a stakeholder meeting with party leaders. So, as you can see, we have party leaders here for the Press Conference today as well.
“During our visits to some of the local government areas, we couldn’t find any other location other than the designated locations where the Congress was supposed to be held, and no one contacted us to the contrary. Nobody or no group of people informed us that Congress would be held elsewhere.
“As far as we know, none of the Committee members were informed of any other venue other than where the exercise was legitimately held across the State. We are a group of seven people, and we are all present. We were all present during the election.
“My colleagues and I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the press and the state party leadership for your cooperation and support, as well as for the peaceful conduct of the Congress.
“I believe the APC in the State now has new executive members at the various Councils to pilot the party’s affairs for the next four years,” Elegbeleye said.
When asked if the Committee was aware that some members of the party agitated for election rather than consensus, which was largely adopted by the party’s leadership, the Committee Chairman stated that there was no motion against the popular consensus adopted by the party during the Stakeholders’ meeting.
“On Friday, we held a Stakeholder’s meeting, and I said the party had opted for consensus, but in areas where there are disagreements and people want to really go out and vote, they are so much allowed, and for someone to insist that he won an election, he must have notified us that in a particular area they want to vote, and as I said, nobody, I mean nobody has given us any notification until now,” he added.
“Until now, no one has informed us that they do not want consensus, and no one has informed us that they want an election. Nobody informs us when there is a crisis in any Local Government that necessitates an election. We can’t do anything about what we don’t know about.
“We are not from Osun, and every member of the party is aware of the procedure; they are aware that we are present. Nobody can claim that he is unaware of our presence, which is why a stakeholders meeting was held to further publicize our presence.
“As a result, any Congress other than the one we supervised, monitored, and subsequently announced its results is a nullity in our eyes.”
In his remarks, the Caretaker Chairman of the APC in the State, Prince Gboyega Famodun, praised the Committee members for a “job well done.”
Famodun, who expressed dissatisfaction with the behavior of some party members, stated that “no pressure group in APC can equate its strength to that of the party itself, which is fully registered and constitutionally constituted.”