We won’t recognise parallel congresses, APC

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THE Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress, has said it would only accept results submitted to it by duly constituted teams sent to each state.

National Secretary of the CENCPC, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, said this while responding to questions from reporters, in Abuja, on Monday.

In response to a question on what the party intended to do about parallel congresses reported in states like Delta, Kwara, Osun, Lagos, Ekiti and Enugu States among others.

Akpanudoedehe said, “I don’t know why you are reporting what is not available as far as APC is concerned, we are very structured, we put up a committee and the committee has gone out to conduct the Congresses.

“The next step will be an appeal and anyone with the issue will go to the appeal and if you are not satisfied with the appeal the caretaker committee will handle it. That is our structure.”

He explained that most of those complaining about the congresses were doing so in the media. According to him, most of them were yet to present their cases to the Appeals Committee.

The party scribe said, “This is party politics. It is a family affair. If you check many of the reports people can complain about the pages of the newspaper but to approach the appeal panel there is no substantive channel of some evidence to warrant the expectation of what you are talking about.

“People are used to giving words to individuals but we have a clear mandate from Mr. President that the party should be given to the grass roots.

“The constitution of this party allows consensus so you go to your ward and do consensus when you are not happy sometimes not everything would go your way.

“There can be complaints everywhere. Don’t forget the last statement that we issued. There is a window of opportunity when people are not satisfied. The Caretaker committee is still open. Generally, I will say we are not going to patronize them by looking at the loopholes.”

Commenting on the restraining order given by a Delta State High Court against the conduct of the local government congresses, he said, “The supervising institution of a political party is INEC.

“We will write to INEC and by the rule of the land we are to give them 21 days’ notice and you will also write to INEC stating names of people who are going to those congresses, the venue you will conduct the congresses, you will also announce locally stating the time of the congress and we would inform the security agencies for protection and guide.

“If you move away from the organization stipulated by INEC, we will describe it the way anybody will describe it.

“This is the Headquarters of APC and you now go and set up something outside here that is not more APC. I’m just hearing from you that there was a parallel congress I don’t know.”

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