APC LG Congress: Inconclusive exercise in Ifelodun LGA

...as new excos emerge

By Mike Adeyemi

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, on Saturday, conducted a Local Government Congress to elect new executives that will pilot the affairs of the party for the next four years.

The exercise which was peaceful in areas monitored by our reporter revealed that delegates gathered and conducted themselves in orderly manner at the party’s designated centres in Ilorin West, Asa, Ilorin East, and Ilorin South, for the exercise.

In Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, members of the party conducted their congress peacefully through voice votes.

Members who started arriving at the Eyenkorin venue of the congress as early as eight in the morning, unanimously agreed to names of the selected members to form the 27-man local government executive.

A chieftain of the party in the local government, Ibrahim Akorede described the process of electing the new officials as transparent and widely accepted.

The 27 newly elected Asa Local Government officials of the party is to be chaired by Abubakar Imam.

At Ilorin West Local Government, the congress which was conducted at the Kwara State Council for Art and Culture witnessed a large turnout as Sulaiman Tejidini and others were unopposedly endorsed as the new executives.

Speaking with our reporter at the venue, Comrade Musbau Esinrogunjo, who coordinated the congress described the exercise as a huge success.

“The Congress was successful. It was a consensus arrangement and Sulaiman Tejidini emerged the party chairman unopposed. The exercise was a fanfare activity as nobody felt aggrieved.

“We told whoever felt aggrieved should sheath their swords and obey the supremacy of the party. Whether we like it or not, crisis is bound to happen in the party, but we should put party supremacy ahead of our personal ambition,” Esinrogunjo urged.

At Gambari Ward I of Ilorin East, party members came for the congress as candidates emerged via consensus arrangements.

Speaking with our reporter at the venue, the Kwara APC Financial Secretary, Mohammed Tajudeen described the exercise as huge success.

“The Local Government Congress here in Ilorin East at Gambari Ward I went on in good way as people turned out massively in Ilorin East. Before then, we inaugurated the ward excos. We had a consensus LG Congress as nobody felt aggrieved. Everyone is happy with what happened. We had 27 local government executives,” he said.

Also the Kwara All Progressives Congress under the leadership of the State Caretaker Committee Chairman, Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa in Offa Local Government, has also adopted consensus arrangements, where candidates were elected through affirmation.

The Local Government Congress which held at the Offa APC Local Government Party Secretariat, situated at Olofa Way witnessed a huge success when party members and stakeholders across the twelve wards unanimously elected new executives in all the party positions at the local government level.

At the congress, party members and other critical stakeholders affirmed Hon. Kehinde, popularly called ‘Kennedy’ as the chairman for another term.

Party elders, stakeholders, stalwarts, across the twelve wards of the local government were all present.

Meanwhile, the dust of crisis in the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq faction of the All the Progressives Congress (APC) in Ifelodun Local Government is unsettled, as the Local Government Congress was inconclusive.

However, results of the Kwara State APC Local Government Congress elections held on Saturday have started trickling in.

The results show that those elected as chairmen on consensus arrangement include, Suleiman Tejidini (Ilorin West), Shehu Yahaya (Asa), Ambali Hakeem Jaji (Ilorin South), Lawal Habeeb (Ilorin East) and Olumide Ibitoye (Irepodun).

Reports from Baruten, Irepodun, Patigi, Edu, Moro, Kaiama and Offa, showed that the exercise was hitch-free as party delegates affirmed their consensus lists.

Muhammed Kabir, an official of INEC, who monitored the process in Ilorin, described the exercise as peaceful.

Also reacting, the State Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the party, Abdullahi Samari, said he was delighted that the process was peaceful and orderly across the state.


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