Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State, Alhaji Abdullahi Samari on Tuesday said there was no parallel congress in the state last Saturday.
He said this in an interview with journalists in Ilorin.
Samari said, “Unlike the ward congress which involved all party members, the local congress was not an all-comers’ affair. It was strictly a delegates’ election in which only accredited delegates, including elected statutory delegates, are allowed to take part.”
According to him, for a lawful congress to hold, the constitution of the party requires provision of delegates’ list to the Independent National Electoral Commission and the police prior to commencement of voting at the venue of the local government congress.
He stated that the exercise must also be conducted by accredited party officials and be duly monitored by the INEC to be called a lawful congress.
“This is exactly the procedure we followed as a party. Any group of persons who claimed to conduct anything contrary to this in Kwara State or anywhere else are just a bunch of jokers and mischief-makers who should never be taken seriously.
“We are glad that the national secretariat of our party has also made this very clear, especially in the light of some misleading reports on the congress. The party’s rules and guidelines are very clear. The consequences for anyone flouting the guidelines, thereby bringing the party to ridicule for their own selfish agenda, are also very clear and we are glad the national secretariat of the party has also spoken in this regard.”