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There is confusion over the status of the state congress of the Oyo State branch of the All Progressives Congress(APC), as a faction claimed it has elected new officers to fill the respective executive positions.

Meanwhile, the main Unity Forum, a major subgroup of the party, has dispelled any claims of any congress holding in the state.

According to former Communication’s minister, Adebayo Shittu, the congress had earlier been cancelled by the national secretariat of the APC and no congress held in Oyo State.

“Fortunately for the party, the national leadership of the party today suspended the congress, so we await further instructions from the party,” Dr Shittu, said.

He alleged that the other group and their collaborated had attempted to manipulate the delegates’ list, after they were found to have manipulated the results of the ward congress, which had been contested.

He said the party also made matters worse by appointing the Chairman of the Ward Congress Committee to chair the State Congress Committee.

He said his group, known as the Unity Group, would now allow for the compromise of the process of electing officers into the state executive of the party.

It reliably gathered that four members of the seven member congress committee abandoned the assignment after an early morning siege on their hotel by aggrieved members.
The protesting members had blocked the Jericho Apartment, where they were lodged to prevent the committee Chairman, Laws Gambo, from attending the congress.

The four members, who allegedly abandoned the assignment, include, Lanre Edun, Abdullai Kontagora, Diran Iyantan and Ralph Igbokwe. 
It was gathered that the four members had argued at a meeting of the committee on Friday night that the protest against the delegates list presented at the Stakeholders meeting should not be dismissed if the party would be reconciled before 2023 elections.

Bello, who is the APC chairman in Kogi State, maintained that a consensus agreement was reached to conduct the congress.

When contacted, the APC national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the secretariat would only receive a report from the congress committee to understand what really happened.
According to him, the national secretariat of the party would wait until a formal report was filed before further statements would be made.
In spite of the controversy, a faction of the party led by former governor, Alao Akala and former senator Teslim Folarin, announced a new executive for the state APC.

In a factional congress which held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Oke Ado, on Saturday, a former Commissioner for Lands and Housing in the state, Ajiboye Omodewu, emerged as Chairman.

The names of all the executive members were read by the committee and were affirmed by the party members who were present.
The factional congress had the presence of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Other members who were picked for the party positions are Laide Abass, Deputy Chairman; Mojeed Olaoya, Oyo South Senatorial Chairman; Joshua Oyebamiji, Oyo Central senatorial chairman; and Tunde Oloyede, Oyo North senatorial chairman.

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