…As State Adopt Consensus Arrangement
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Committee for Osun State Ward Congress, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye has promised that the Committee would do everything possible to champion transparency, accountability, fairness before, during, and after the congress.
Addressing the people during the State Congress Committee Stakeholders’ Meeting on Ward Congress, held at Government House, Osogbo on Friday night, Elegbeleye said the Committee would deploy necessary mechanisms to conduct free and fair Ward Congress across the 332 wards in the state.
The National Committee chairman who said none of the committee members was kidnapped or camped by anyone said they arrived Osun late due to logistics needed to ensure smooth process.
He said: “As a matter of fact, we got the materials by 5:00pm yesterday (Thursday) at the National Headquarters of our party, Abuja, and as we all know, we have to move down to Osun.
“It was not our fault that we didn’t come here earlier. I want our people to know that I was not kidnapped by anyone. Nobody kidnapped us.
“We are here to do a very good job and we are hopeful that we are going to get the required support from every member of the party. Osun is peaceful and we are confident of the fact that the Omoluabi ethos which the State is known for will be displayed throughout the conduct of the exercise.
“We are going to be transparent, fair and open to ensure that the entire process is free, fair, credible and acceptable to all.
“We have the list of Congress committee with us and that is the list the party gave to us. They are the ones that we will work with. Each local government has a congress committee set up by the party.
“There is no way we will visit all the wards across the local government but we will try our best. We are here to give you a good job. We can assure the people of the State that they will get the best in terms of support for a successful congress.
“We are going to be very transparent enough so that we will finalise the congress tomorrow.”
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, in his address stressed that the need to ensure that the congress is not used to create problems in the party informed the decision of the National Secretariat to advise that states should consider consensus among the various options.
He promised adequate security before, during and after the whole process, noting that the State would do everything to ensure a credible process.
Also speaking, the Caretaker Party Chairman in the state, Prince Gboyega Famodun, promised members of the Committee of adequate support, saying that no stone would be left unturned to ensure a hitch-free process.
Others who spoke are Senator Representing Osun Central, Surajudeen Ajibola Bashir; former Osun Deputy Governors, Mrs. Titi Laoye- Ponle; Otunba Iyiola Omisore; and Prince Adeleke Adewoyin.
They all commended the party leadership for adopting the consensus arrangement for Congress.