Violence, protests rock APC congresses, factions battle in states

Reported circumstances of violence and protests marred Saturday’s behavior of congresses in 34 out of the 36 states of the federation by way of the governing All Progressives Congress.

Whilst Ogun and Osun states recorded clashes between suspected thugs and loyalists of factional leaders, there have been speculations that the workout used to be suspended in Oyo State following reviews that congress fabrics have been cast by way of unknown individuals.

Parallel congresses reigned ideal in states similar to Osun, Ogun, Kwara and Enugu. In Ogun, hoodlums attacked the venue of the factional congress being held by way of loyalists of former governor Ibikunle Amosun in Abeokuta.

Pandemonium broke out when armed thugs invaded the Ake Palace floor, venue of the workout, taking pictures indiscriminately into the air forcing celebration contributors to run for expensive existence.

One in all our correspondents who used to be on the venue in a while prior to the violence began, accumulated that the venue had previous been sealed by way of the police, however used to be later reopened.

Amosun’s loyalists had slightly settled for the trade of the day when the thugs invaded and introduced an assault.

Participants of the state bankruptcy of the delivery union have been accused of perpetrating violence. The policemen drafted to the venue to verify peace have been crushed.

One of the celebration loyalists resisted the thugs and in addition charged in opposition to the policemen whom they accused of failing to accomplish their accountability.

Police reinforcements later arrived and began taking pictures into the air to disperse the gang who had then turn into unruly.

Then again, the MKO Abiola Stadium, the place loyalists of the state Governor Dapo Abiodun held their congress used to be usually non violent.

The 2 factions later held their congresses and introduced parallel executives as contributors of the State Government Committee after stating that the leaders emerged by way of a consensus association.

Abiodun’s loyalists introduced Leader Yemi Sanusi as the brand new APC state chairman whilst Amosun’s loyalists picked Leader Derin Adebiyi.


A equivalent state of affairs used to be recorded in Osun State as loyalists of the state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, and the ones of Inner Minister of Inner, Rauf Aregbesola, clashed.

Two individuals sustained accidents when suspected thugs clashed with some other crew of armed males close to the doorway of the venue of the parallel congress held by way of Aregbesola’s loyalists.

Hassle began when at about 12:50pm, Aregbesola’s loyalists below the aegis of The Osun Progressives, began their congress. Gunshots hire the air forcing celebration contributors, citizens and passersby to scamper for protection.

A automobile with about 5 armed occupants used to be observed using alongside Osogbo/Gbongan Highway heading in opposition to the doorway to the venue of the congress.

It used to be learnt that some other armed crew stationed out of doors the venue of the congress resisted the invasion which resulted in a hearth struggle that left two individuals injured.

Males of the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps, who have been additionally on the scene, additionally shot into the air to scare the invaders and repair normalcy.

In a commentary issued after the disagreement, the state chairman of TOP, Adelowo Adebiyi, mentioned, “Two contributors of the APC, Adedapo Atobatele and Ismail Akinyede, have been at once shot by way of hoodlums, allegedly led by way of a infamous thug, on the state congress of the celebration held at Ogo-Oluwa, Osogbo.

“Atobatele and Akinyede have been shot within the leg and arm. The thugs invaded the premises of the state congress with about 8 cars.”

He mentioned officials of the NSCDC repelled the attackers. The faction later introduced Mr Rasaq Salinsile and Lani Baderinwa, because the state APC chairman and secretary respectively

Then again, the governor’s loyalists returned the incumbent state APC chairman, Mr Gboyega Famodun, for a 2d time period. The congress resulting in his election used to be performed by way of a committee headed by way of Mr Gbenga Elegbeleye. The development used to be held at Osogbo Town Stadium.

Quickly after the congress, the governor, whilst congratulating the brand new celebration govt, appealed to celebration contributors to increase the beef up they’d been giving to his management to the brand new leaders.

He mentioned, “I attraction to you to increase the similar to the newly-elected celebration officers. I attraction to those that misplaced out to not lose hope. I guarantee you all of a higher day after today. The APC emerged at the power of cohesion and modern beliefs. We’re nonetheless dedicated to those beliefs irrespective of probably the most narratives making the rounds.’’

Additionally talking on the tournament, the congress committee chairman, Elegbeleye, introduced that voice vote used to be followed for the congress because of the massive choice of the permitted delegates, which he put at 1,840.

Sunday PUNCH accumulated that Aregbesola, Senate Spokesman, Ajibola Basiru and the senator representing Osun West Senatorial District, Adelere Oriolowo, have been amongst celebration leaders absent from the development.

Aregbesola’s Media Aide, Sola Fasure, may no longer be reached for feedback on the cause of his foremost’s absence. A reaction to a textual content message despatched to his cell used to be nonetheless being awaited as of the time of this document.

When contacted, the media aide to Oriolowo, Niyi Isamotu, defined that his foremost used to be out of Osun Stater on an oversight serve as.

In a similar way, the state Commissioner for Native Executive, Taiwo Akeju, mentioned Basiru used to be the chairman of Delta State Congress Committee, held the similar time Osun held its personal.

Abia, Niger

Parallel congresses have been similarly held in Abia State the place two factions introduced separate chairmen, secretaries and different celebration officers for the state.

A faction of the celebration led by way of Leader Ikechi Emenike elected Mr Enyinnaya Harbour as state chairman. The faction introduced that Harbour polled 1,260 votes out of a complete choice of 1,277 to emerge victorious. The development used to be held at Ugwunchara suburb of Umuahia, the state capital.

Then again, some other faction of the Celebration led by way of the APC Caretaker chairman, Leader Donatus Nwankpa, held its congress on the indoor sports activities complicated in Umuahia Township Stadium.

In Niger State, two teams of state executives emerged from separate congresses held by way of factions of the APC within the state, in Minna.

Aggrieved celebration contributors held a separate congress in Tunga-Minna whilst loyalists of Governor Sani Bello held theirs on the Legbo Kutigi open box additionally in Minna.

The aggrieved faction of the celebration introduced Nasiru Ubandiya as the brand new state APC chairman at a time supporters of the governor had but to start accreditation.

When the governor’s loyalists ultimately held their congress, they introduced Aliyu Jikantoro as the brand new state chairman.

The governor, purported to be anxious on the flip of occasions, arrived in a coastal bus throughout the again gate and then he spent about 20 mins and left the venue with out leaving the automobile.

It used to be accumulated that he later returned in his Black bulletproof Sports activities Application Car to proceed with the workout.

Parallel congresses in Akwa Ibom

The disaster rocking the opposition APC in Akwa Ibom State performed out all through the behavior of its state congress on Saturday.

One in all our correspondents reported that whilst the gang unswerving to the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill performed its congress on the Kara Tournament Centre alongside Stadium Highway, the Senator Akpan John Udoedeghe-led crew elected its officers at Sheer Grace Centre, Uyo the state capital.

Talking all through some of the congresses held at Kara Tournament Centre, the Senior Particular Assistant to the President, Main Gen Mohammadu Buhari (retd), on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, mentioned the other congresses have been running for the celebration’s pastime.

He said that individuals should all the time disagree to agree among themselves, including that on the finish of the day APC can be situated to take over the Hilltop Mansion Space in 2023.


Loyalists of the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq and the ones unswerving to the Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, performed parallel congresses and elected state celebration officers of their separate APC secretariats in Ilorin, the state capital.

Whilst the governor’s faction elected Sunday Fagbemi as chairman, the minister’s faction retained Alhaji Bashir Bolarinwa, a former factional APC chairman as the brand new state chairman.

Fagbemi, on the congress attended by way of the governor, Speaker, Yakubu Salihu-Danladi, 3 senators and different officers elected at the platform of APC, pledged that his workforce “would lead by way of instance and paintings with everybody to improve the celebration.’’

Within the minister’s faction, Bolarinwa along different new contributors of the manager, emerged via an affirmative procedure in a congress held on the celebration’s secretariat, situated alongside reservation street, GRA, Ilorin.

Workout postponed in Oyo

The APC Caretaker/Unusual Nationwide Conference Making plans Committee introduced a postponement of the congress in Oyo State.

The postponement used to be introduced on the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan by way of the congress reputable.

The celebration’s spokesperson, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, mentioned the postponement adopted a directive from the celebration’s nationwide secretariat.

Olatunde mentioned “The congress has been postponed and we need to get some other date from the nationwide govt of the celebration.

“There are some other people that should do screening of the aspirants and they have got no longer concluded the method. And after that, we need to get the entire zones into settlement and sensitise them at the consensus preparations.

“Up until this morning, Oke-Ogun 1 zone has but to unravel at the individual to occupy the chairmanship place zoned to the realm.’’

Additionally, Alhaji Abu Gbadamosi, a chairmanship aspirant, advised reporters that they’d abide by way of the celebration’s place, pronouncing the celebration’s laws and rules have been ideal.

Gbadamosi steered contributors of the celebration to be affected person and undergo for the celebration to succeed in its vacation spot in 2023.

It used to be accumulated that the celebration’s CECPC had additionally directed the state congress committee to go back to Abuja for additional directives.

Our correspondent learnt that the suspension changed into important to verify credibility of the method that may result in the emergence of latest leaders in Oyo State.


In Lagos, 35 out of 36 applicants have been returned unopposed.

The Chairman of the Election Setting up Committee, Adebayo Adelabu, mentioned this at Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island, the place the congress used to be held.

Provide on the congress have been celebration leaders which integrated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat and the lawmaker representing Lagos Central district, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, amongst others.

Adelabu mentioned, “35 out of the 36 positions have been returned unopposed. Despite the fact that 37 bureaucracy have been gained for the administrative center of the state chairman, best two applicants have been screened for the location. One candidate used to be disqualified, so the committee used to be left with the choice of 1 candidate for the location of the chairman.”

Thereafter, a former Commissioner for Rural Construction in Lagos State, Cornelius Ojelabi, emerged because the APC state chairman.

The lawmaker representing Eti-Osa 2 within the Lagos State Space of Meeting, Gbolahan Yishawu, described the APC congress as an illustration of inside democracy.

Previous, the Lagos APC had launched the checklist of its consensus govt council contributors the place Ojelabi used to be penned because the state chairman to interchange the previous chairman of the celebration, Mr Tunde Balogun.


The Katsina state bankruptcy of the celebration additionally elected its officers by way of consensus.

The brand new executives have Alhaji Sani Ali-Ahmed as chairman and have been sworn in by way of the state Lawyer Normal and Commissioner for Justice, El Marzuq Ahmed.

A equivalent state of affairs performed out in Edo State the place Col. David Imuse used to be returned because the state celebration chairman by way of consensus.

Addressing celebration delegates previous, the Chairman of the Congress Committee for Edo State, Alhaji Ahmed Ramalan, mentioned their mandate used to be to behavior a loose and honest state congress to elect a state govt to run the celebration for the following 4 years, noting that their number one process used to be to go back the celebration to energy within the state.

Go River

An aide to the state Governor, Ben Ayade, Alphonsus Eba, used to be elected as the brand new state chairman along side 35 others via consensus. The two,300 delegates from the 18 native govt spaces within the state affirmed their election by way of voice vote.

Till his election, the brand new chairman used to be the Director-Normal of the Due Procedure administrative center.

The Chairman of the seven-man state Congress Committee, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, referred to as for the voice vote which used to be resoundingly in beef up of the 36 executives who had previous been picked via consensus.

He mentioned the consensus choice used to be in line with Article 20 of the celebration’s charter.

Malami mentioned, “APC’s charter recognises consensus. The workout used to be performed with utmost transparency. APC is extra clear. The celebration is dedicated to serve.”


The fast previous governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and the board chairman of Nigeria Nationwide Petroleum Company, Ifeanyi Araraume, have been absent from the APC congress held around the state.

On the congress held in Owerri, the state capital, Governor Hope Uzodimma’s aide and long-time loyalist, Macdonald Ebere, used to be elected because the state chairman.

Ebere, a local of Owerri in Owerri municipal council, used to be the Normal Supervisor of Imo Environmental Transformation Fee below the Uzodimma management.

Whilst congratulating him, the Uzodimma mentioned, “I wish to urge you to not betray the arrogance reposed in you by way of the nice other people of Imo State.

“Move available in the market, perform your political evangelism, and pontificate a excellent message. Inform the tale the way in which it’s and our celebration will develop from power to power.”

However Okorocha mentioned that he used to be no longer mindful that APC held any congress within the state. Okorocha’s media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, who spoke to one in all our correspondents mentioned, “We don’t seem to be mindful that there used to be an APC congress in Imo State. What they did as of late used to be a celebration. So long as we’re involved, Dan Nwafor is the original chairman of the APC in Imo State.

 Amaechi’s loyalist, Beke, wins chairmanship in Rivers

A loyalist of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Mr Emeka Beke, used to be elected as the brand new APC chairman for Rivers State.

 Then again, a loyalist of Senator Magnus Abe, Golden Chioma, who first of all joined the race, withdrew, describing the workout as a sham.

The Chairman, Rivers APC Congress Screening Committee, Dr. Abubakar Idris, delegated from the Nationwide Secretariat who introduced the effects, mentioned Emeka Beke polled an awesome 1,575 votes of general 1,615 permitted delegates to overcome Chizy Nyeomasila who scored 8 votes and Japhet Ogbueri with 0 vote, pointing out that there 32 ballots have been voided.

Beke, in a temporary speech on behalf of the brand new executives, pledged to present his very best to be sure that the celebration takes over energy from the strive against energy from the ruling Peoples Democratic Celebration within the state come 2023.

However Chioma, who boycotted the workout on the final minute, expressed dissatisfaction with the workout, pronouncing, “I feel the congress isn’t proper at this level.

“We have now additionally complained to the Nationwide Secretariat of our nice celebration that there used to be no ward congress in Rivers and I’m of the opinion that you can’t put one thing on not anything and be expecting it to face.’’

But even so, congresses have been non violent in Sokoto, Gombe, Katsina, Ekiti, and different states the place celebration officers emerged by way of consensus. In Ekiti, the state Governor, Kayode Fayemi, whilst congratulating the brand new officers mentioned, “This has been a outstanding tournament and it has long past on peacefully.”

Consensus in Borno, Gombe

The APC in Borno returned the entire 36 contributors of the outgoing state govt for a 2d time period.

The Information Company of Nigeria reported that the election performed via confirmation used to be led by way of the Chairman of the Congress Committee for Borno, Alhaji Uba Maigari.

Thirty-six Gombe State executives have been elected via voice confirmation from 712 delegates. The election via consensus used to be held on the Pantami Stadium on Saturday.

Through Daud Olatunji, Bola Bamigbola, Tunde Oyekola, Hindi Livinus, Dennis Naku, Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Abiodun Nejo, Romoke Ahmad, Victor Ayeni, Olaide Oyelude and Adeyinka Adedipe

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