Forward of subsequent week’s congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ekiti State chapter, disagreement on consensus association is tearing the occasion aside.
The Southwest Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA) mentioned the consensus association wouldn’t work within the state.
The group mentioned the consensus association in Ekiti State wouldn’t work because of some unilateral choices already being taken by the state authorities and its caucus, with grave democratic penalties to an all-embracing congress.
In an announcement signed by the Ekiti State Chairman of SWAGA, Tony Adeniyi, he mentioned the governor and his caucus in Ekiti State APC had solely imposed an electoral physique, simply as delegates had been handpicked for the congresses with out the enter of a number of occasion stakeholders.
He alleged that the names of the delegates have been already compiled with a promise by the federal government to pay for his or her electoral dues.
He hinted that the APC within the state is polarised and solely a direct main can carry the occasion again on a secure foot.
Adeniyi confused that the APC in Ekiti obtained its physique fractures with the taking on of the occasion affair by a gaggle throughout the state chapter beneath the identify ‘Tokan-Tokan”, to which the governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, belongs.
He famous that the splinter group, throughout the Ekiti APC, had dominated the state affairs and had held down different occasion members by retaining its grip on their jugular.
He, due to this fact, mentioned that the occasion hierarchy would should be painstaking within the conduct of the approaching congresses to forestall the palpable imposition and the plot to disenfranchise some members and as such plunge the occasion into avoidable electoral turmoil.
Adeniyi, who counseled the decision of the nationwide caretaker committee to make sure a swerve within the constituted State Congresses Electoral Committees, additionally suggested that there needs to be a degree taking part in floor for occasion members to hold out their aspirations with out worry or favour.
“We hereby state categorically that the APC members in Ekiti State are absolutely ready to go for direct congresses instantly after the registration/revalidation train. We aren’t, and shall not be a part of any unilateral ‘consensus’ association by any means.
“The great thing about democracy is in permitting everyone to have their say, even when the bulk would have their manner. The one civilised approach to show our numerical values is thru congresses, not by any proxy,” Adeniyi mentioned.
REACTING to SWAGA place, the APC State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Ade Ajayi, mentioned that the aspersion forged on APC and its management confirmed that the so-called SWAGA members have been outsiders within the occasion.
He mentioned that the honest composition of the congress committee and directive issued to the occasion to conduct free and credible congresses at its latest stakeholders’ assembly substantiated the truth that the occasion had been honest and simply to all tendencies.
The APC spokesman additionally condemned the group’s try to tug Fayemi into the fray by accusing him of undue interferences, including that the management has not been beneath any stress to subvert the desire of the individuals as being painted.
“To the most effective of our data, Adeniyi and his ilk are strangers and outsiders in Ekiti APC. They don’t know what’s going on and moderately than ask, they have been throwing tantrums. All people shall be allowed to take part within the congress, together with Adeniyi that has been dividing the occasion. That has been our stand.”
“There isn’t any group known as Tokan-Tokan. All we all know is Ekiti APC. The Paul Omotoso management of APC is firmly on floor and in cost and it is able to conduct free, honest credible congresses that shall be acceptable to all stakeholders.
“On the final stakeholders’ assembly, leaders agreed that no person have to be sidelined within the congresses and we are able to’t afford to disappoint them. However Adeniyi and his individuals didn’t attend and the way would they’ve identified our motion plan.
“We attraction to him to return again to the occasion and make atonement just like the Biblical prodigal son, moderately than taking part in divisive politics that gained’t take him wherever.”