Ward congress: Osun APC group calls for fairness

The Osun Progressive (TOP), a faction the Osun All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the  national ward congress of the  party to be fair in the conduct of ward congress in the state on Saturday.

The TOP Chairman, Mr Adelowo Adeniyi, made the call during a news conference on Friday in Osogbo, the capital.

Adeniyi alleged that Osun APC Caretaker had refused to carry other stakeholders along in the preparation and arrangements for the congress.

He said only the Ilerioluwa group (a group belonging to the governor), is involved in the party arrangements, saying no single form was sold to all other interested parties the APC.

He also alleged that the national secretariat officers sent to for the congress had been hijacked and kept from being accessed by other stakeholders in the party.

“We have it on good authority that the Ward Congress appointed National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning arrived on Friday morning.

“They are said to have been in the Government house with the governor.

“They are circumventing the rule of democratic engagement by not allowing the committees to interact with stakeholders in consequent with how things will go tomorrow.” he alleged.

He, however, called on the Ward Congress members, who in the state for the congress, to be fair to all stakeholders the party.

Reacting to the allegation, APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, said the allegations TOP group baseless.

Oyatomi assured that the congress would be conducted peacefully and transparently on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the APC (TOP group) later staged a protest along the Gbongan-Ibadan road, Ogo-Oluwa, Osogbo, alleging that the party caretaker chairman had hijacked the nomination forms brought to the state for the congress. (NAN)