By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Chairman of the Committee of the Local Government Ward Congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Osun State, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye, on Friday, appealed to members of the party to cooperate with the committee in order to have a peaceful congress.
Speaking at the party secretariat, Ogo-Oluwa, Osogbo, during a meeting of the party, Elegbeleye assured them that the committee will conduct a free, fair and credible election across all the local governments in the state.
He urged members to adopt consensus where it is possible assuring that “we should be able to get result by Saturday evening or early Sunday.”
His words: ” APC is a peaceful party, very organised party. I am sure that tomorrow election would be peaceful. Osun is said to be state of the virtuous and it was displayed in the last ward congress, we expect the same tomorrow.
“We have the list of the party leaders in the state that will monitor the election as supervisors, you will have to leave your local government and go to another local government to supervise. I hope the state chairman must have pass the information to all of you.
” By God’s grace hopefully, we should be able to get the result tomorrow or Sunday.”
In his remarks, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola said the Government has put in place adequate security measures to ensure peaceful conduct.
Oyetola appealed to members of the party to cooperate with the members of the Committee to ensure a free, fair, credible and acceptable Congress.
He said, “It is quite an interesting thing. First of all, we thank God for having a successful Ward Congress. The party is united and I must commend the leadership of the party and everyone that has contributed to this success.
“Congress anywhere is to elect leadership of the party. Osun is known for peace and we are going to maintain this throughout the Congress and after. We have provided adequate security.
“Congress should not be a battle thing. We have adopted consensus. We have confidence in the members of the committee to ensure peaceful conduct.
“So, let’s avoid violence. Let’s have peaceful Congress to elect new leaders of our party at the Local Government level tomorrow. My advice for those that might not have the opportunity to be returned is that there are several positions and opportunities. I don’t want you to be deterred but rather to remain resolute for the success and progress of our party.
“As we all know, the most important thing is to remain committed and be a very loyal party man. I am very happy for this peaceful atmosphere. We thank God for being with us.
“Please, let’s go to our respective local governments tomorrow to perform the exercise. It is my hope that it will be peaceful as it used to be,” Oyetola added.
In their separate remarks, Senate Spokesman, Senator Ajibola Bashir; Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye; Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Patricia Etteh and Acting APC State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, assured of the party’s readiness to ensure peaceful conduct.