Dan­baz­zau, Ek­wu­nife, Zwing­ina, Eleg­bel­eye, 69 Oth­ers Head APC State Con­gresses, Ap­peal Com­mit­tees

THISDAY - - NEWS - In Abuja

Onye­buchi Ezigbo

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) yes­ter­day in­au­gu­rated five-mem­ber State Congress Com­mit­tees to con­duct con­gresses in dif­fer­ent states and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) on Satur­day.

Also, three-mem­ber com­mit­tees were also in­au­gu­rated to look into ap­peals that might arise from the state con­gresses.

Some state congress Chair­men are Pius Odubu (Adamawa); Gen­eral Dan­juma Dan­baz­zau (Taraba); Prince Austin Eweka (Kano); Se­na­tor Domingo Obende (Niger); Se­na­tor Jonathan Zwing­ina (Abia); Se­na­tor. Olug­benga Obadara (Delta); Se­na­tor Uche Ek­wu­nife (La­gos); Hon. Mathew Omegara (Ondo); Peter Obadan (Ogun); Ab­dul­lahi Gwarzo (Oyo) among oth­ers.

The ap­peal com­mit­tees have Chris Akoma as chair­man of Ebonyi State; Hon. Gbenga Eleg­bel­eye (Rivers); Hon. Bashir Lado (Ogun); Al­haji SAbubakar Maikudi (Bauchi); Am­bas­sador Jerry Ugog (Kano); Ko­golo Peter (Imo).

The APC Na­tional Or­gan­is­ing Sec­re­tary, Se­na­tor Osita Izu­naso who in­au­gu­rated the com­mit­tees on be­half of the Na­tional Chair­man, Chief John Odigie-Oye­gun charged them to con­duct the congress in strict con­form­ity with the of­fi­cial APC guide­lines for state con­gresses.

Izu­naso said the State Congress Com­mit­tees are ex­pected to hold meet­ings with stake­hold­ers in the re­spec­tive states to­day be­fore to­mor­row’s na­tion­wide con­gresses to elect state ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee which in­clude the tra­di­tional 17-mem­ber State Work­ing Com­mit­tees.

He urged the congress com­mit­tees to en­sure a free, fair, demo­cratic and trans­par­ent process.

He also warned against uni­lat­eral post­pone­ment of state con­gresses with­out ap­proval by the party’s Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC).

Izu­naso said: “Don’t deny any­body who has a pay­ment teller a form. It is undemocratic... You don’t have the power to post­pone the elec­tion. If you go to a state and you find out that it is im­pos­si­ble to con­duct the elec­tion, you in­form the NWC for ap­proval. The na­tional con­ven­tion is closeby, we want to con­clude these pro­cesses as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

For the ap­peal com­mit­tees, Izu­naso said ev­ery pe­ti­tion from in­di­vid­u­als who con­tested elec­tions must be en­ter­tained.

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