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Barely 24 hours to the ward congresses of All Progressives Congress

(APC), slated for Saturday, April 5, a faction of the party has

emerged in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.


It isled by the Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives

Change (CPC), Chief Ajibade Emiabata.


Speaking at its new Secretariat on Ade-Onitimirin Street, Surulere,

Lagos, Emiabata alleged that he and other Chairmen of the defunct

political parties (ANPP, APGA) that formed the merger were completely

sidelined during the APC’s Stakeholders’ Forum held at party’s

Secretariat, Acme road, Ikeja, on Wednesday.


An aggrieved Emiabata said that during the Forum that lasted for

hours, there was no special recognition of the other parties in the

merger as the whole process was dominated by the defunct ACN leaders,

describing the process as undemocratic.


“We are not going to leave the party for them”, said the factional APC

Chairman, stressing that, “We are still members of the party. We’re

going nowhere because we’re part of the merger. The fact that you’re

majority doesn’t mean you shouldn’t recognise us. We’re not asking for

equal right, but we want to be recognised.”


Emiabata called on his members across the state to boycott the

forthcoming Congress, which starts on Saturday, April 5 and ends with

National Convention on Saturday, May 24, 2014, until there is

harmonization or template on the merger.


“We are not bothered whether it’s going to be effective or not, we are

making a statement, no harmonization, no congress”, he added.


“Since Saturday, May 11, 2013, the Lagos State CPC along with other

states in the Federation met at the National Convention and considered

the motion to merge with other political parties namely, Action

Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and

adopted the name All Progressives Congress (APC) as a common party.


“Thereafter, interim National Executive was put in place at Abuja

where it was agreed to have a state harmonization Committee across the

federation which was constituted by all Legacy parties but in Lagos

State, the committee was never inaugurated by the officer saddled with

the responsibility, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, who conspired with the

leadership of defunct ACN in Lagos State not to carry it out.


“Sadly, our case in Lagos State is terribly different. The party

structures of defunct ACN led by Otunba Oladele Ajomale not only

reconvened in the name of APC but operates solely and take decisions

independently of the other legacy parties especially the defunct CPC

on behalf of APC in Lagos State.


“This unfortunate incident nearly marred the party membership

Registration Exercise but the State Leadership of the CPC calmed the

storm in order to ensure the success of the merger that produced APC

with passion.


“I hereby direct all leaders, officers and members of the defunct CPC

in APC to submit themselves only to my authority as the Chairman of

APC in Lagos, and affirm the total dis-association of Lagos APC from

Otunba Oladele Ajomale’s unilaterally organized ward Congresses for

Saturday 5th of April, 2014 across 376 wards of Lagos State.


“Finally, I call on all party members to remain calm, steadfast, and

continue with their normal party business and to await further

directives and developments,” he declared.


Speaking with Newsmen on the development, the interim Assistant

Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Funsho Ologunde said that the

party is not aware of its faction nor opening a new office anywhere in

the state.


He however said that the leadership of the ACN is aware that some

people were aggrieved and has explained to them and encouraged them to

participate in the ward congress.


“We are not aware of any faction of the party anywhere in Lagos or

opening a new secretariat, but we are aware some members are not

happy. Some people are afraid of participating in congress because of

the fear of not winning an election. Nobody is going to sit down at

home and win an election, therefore, everybody is going to participate

in the congress.


“There is not going to be an anointed candidate. What the party is

frowning at is that some people cannot stay away from the congress and

claims to be anointed. So the leadership of the party has called on

those that are aggrieved, explained to them and encouraged them to

participate in the ward congress,” he said.

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