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Ward Congress: Ajape, Olododo trade blame over Ilorin east controversy

Special Adviser Political Maters to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Alhaji Usman Bibire Ajape and the former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Cook Olododo have traded blame over the last Saturday ward congress in Ibagun, Ilorin East local government.

The ward congresses were held in line with the directive of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to fill vacant positions.

It was gathered that the post of party chairman, party secretary and some members of the ward executive in Ibagun were among the vacant seats to be filled

Reports of the protest allegedly trialling the exercise when viral on the social in Ilorin,

Olododo reportedly accused Ajape of perpetrating illegality and imposition of candidates when the tenure of the present executives had not yet lapsed.

The former Chief of Staff while commenting on the issue, told National Pilot in a telephone chat that election of ward executives and members is not a four man show adding that they outrightly reject the process which he described as undemocratic.

He maintained that the tenure of the serving executive had not lapse and does not warrant imposition in a democratic situation.

But Alhaji Usman Bibire Ajape denied the allegation adding that the exercise was held under a very peaceful atmosphere.

According to him, the allegation is untrue and unfounded. How can somebody impose his officials on a community, that is not possible.

“The directive from the party through our party chairman was that we should fill all the vacant positions in the ward and that was what we did. They are not with us. We have nine zones in Ibagun ward and all the officers represented their zone.

“The exercise was done very peacefully; you can enquire from the police and other security agents who were there. It was after more than two hours that the election had been held they took to the street in a sponsored protest.

“We don’t see them as APC members, we are core Saraki loyalists and whatever Bukola Saraki says in this state is the final. We held our APC mini congress and if they claim they are APC members, they don’t attend meetings both at ward, local government and state level, we don’t see them as APC members”, he said

He added that according to the rule even if the suspension meted out to them is lifted, they cannot go back to their previous post.

Olododo and some notable members of the party where suspended last year for alleged anti-party activities ranging from six months to one year.

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