A former deputy governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Gwarzo, is to head the congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, alongside four other members.
Gwarzo, who was the gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the 2011 election, was appointed and inaugurated alongside 80 others
APC National Organising Secretary Senator Osita Izunaso, who inaugurated the committees on behalf of the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, told the committees members the congresses must be conducted in strict conformity with the official APC Guidelines for State Congresses.
Izunaso said the committees were expected to hold meetings with stakeholders in the respective states on Friday before Saturday’s nationwide congresses to elect state executive committee, which include the official 17-member State Working Committees.
The organising secretary urged the 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: “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 close by. 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. He cautioned the appeal committees to gauge the security situation in their respective state in deciding where to hold appeal sittings.
He said the NWC has the final decision on appeals.
“If the place is volatile for the Appeal Committee, and they cannot sit there, you can sit in Abuja,” Izunaso said.