Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, have warned against tampering with the authentic results of the last Saturday’s ward congress conducted in the state.
It would be recalled that the APC leaders in Oyo State opted for consensus executives at the ward level ahead of the congress held last Saturday.
The seven-man committee constituted by the national caretaker committee of the party is chaired by the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala-Buni.
The Gambo Lawan-led Ward Committee sent to Oyo State from the headquarters mandated to conduct congresses in the 351 wards in the state met with the leaders ahead of the exercise.
Lawan had said that since the party was not contesting against the opposition in the state, the adoption of consensus executives at the ward level should be adopted in order to resolve trouble, misunderstanding and disagreement.
He noted that the APC lost the 2019 election in the state because there was no consensus as some persons put their personal interests above of the party’s.
Concerned party members, who would not want their identities revealed because they are not authorised to speak for the party, have raised the alarm that some members have allegedly perfected plans to substitute the authentic outcome of the congress at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
According to a member, who craved anonymity, some persons who shunned the consensus agreement, have perfected plans to submit alternate results at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
“History is about to repeat itself. Like in 2019, fifth columnists, determined to ensure the APC’s failure in the 2023 general election in Oyo state are at it again. These failed and unpopular elements in the state claiming to be members of the party disobeyed the directive given by the APC’s National Caretaker-Committee chaired by the Yobe state governor, Mai-Mala Buni.
“The committee had directed that all party members return to the grassroots at the ward levels to elect their leaders through consensus. While the real members converged at wards to ensure the emergence of their party executive through the consensus arrangement as directed by the party’s leadership, some others, with no discernible presence at the ward levels, decided to write some names to be submitted at the APC national headquarters.
“These agents of confusion have boasted of their connections in high places, especially in our party’s headquarters in Abuja and have been going around town that their list would be accepted and adopted at the headquarters. But we hasten to caution that imposition of leaders at the ward level would be counter-productive as experienced in the 2019 general election when the APC, then the ruling party, lost to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in our state,” he said.
It should also be noted that the Gambo Lawan Ward Congress panel has declared that the 351 congresses in Oyo state were transparently conducted adding that there was no single petition against the outcome of the exercise.
“He equally affirmed that there was no report of any parallel congress anywhere in the state. We urge the National headquarters to be vigilant and ensure that those self seeking politicians don’t subvert the will of the people,” he added.