APC inaugurates local government congress committee
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a committee for its nationwide local council congresses billed to hold on Saturday, September 4, 2021.
The committee was inaugurated by Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, Secretary APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
Senator Akpanudoedehe charged the officials to conduct the congresses in line with the official timetable/schedule of activities released by the party.
He urged committee members to go to their various states of primary assignment with confidence, dignity, commitment, and pride.
Mr Osita Okechukwu, Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), who spoke on behalf of the LG Congress Committee, promised to conduct the exercise in line with the Constitution of the party and the vision of the founding fathers.
Senator Akpanudoedehe reminded those who drag the party to a court of the resolution of the National Executive Committee (NEC) to severely sanction members and their sponsors who indulge in the act.
“Governor Buni is determined to carry out to the letter the instructions of our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, which is to rebuild the party, bottom-up. The process has reached an advanced ground stage. Rest assured that your assignment, as well as the earlier Ward congresses nationwide, is legally protected. We are on solid ground,” he said.
The APC chief disclosed the decision to ratify and adopt the results of the party’s earlier nationwide Ward congresses held on July 31, warning that any state caretaker committee that swears in any person or group of persons, not elected through a congress conducted by the designated national congress committee of the party is null, void and of no effect.
Delta State court ruling:
Also speaking through his media aide, Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Malam Mamman Mohammed, Governor Buni in the statement titled: ‘The facts in the Delta State court ruling on APC,’ argued that the restriction of the conduct of congresses was only limited to Delta and does not affect other states.
Buni blamed mischief-makers who never wished the party well for the misrepresentation of facts on the court ruling.
According to him: “Mr Elvis Ayomanor and seven others, on August 19, instituted a case against APC and its leadership in Asaba, challenging the outcome of the party’s ward congress of July 31.
The seven applicants prayed the court to among other things issue and service the originating summons on 15 defendants including the party, the Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and members, as well as the chairman of the party in the state.
“The applicants also sought the court to issue interim injunction to restrain the CECPC chairman and members from acting or parading themselves as leaders of the party pending the determination of the case against the outcome of the ward congress in Delta before the court, while further praying for an interim injunction restraining the party from conducting the local government and state government congresses slated for Sept ember 4.
“The court, in its wisdom, ruled that having looked at the motion ex-parte granted the prayers sought in reliefs 1, 2, 3 and 4 that have to do with issues of service of processes on all parties in the suit. Prayer 5 was granted only in relation to the 15th defendant (Jones Ode Erue, Chairman APC, Delta State).
“From the above, it is apparently clear that the court ruling only affected the the15th defendant (Delta Chairman of APC) and not the National Chairman, Governor Buni.”