APC Sets For Consensus Option

As Splinter Groups Aim To Scuttle State Congresses

There are strong indications that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may consider the consensus option ahead of the forthcoming State Congresses of the party.

This is sequel to the outcome of the last Ward and Local Government Congresses in which many groups and critical stakeholders complained the exercise was completely hijacked to favour candidates of some powerful block within the party.

The situation is however giving the Caretaker/ Extraordinary National Convention Committee a serious cause for concern. A member of the party’s National Caucus who pleaded anonymity for fear of retribution told our correspondent that the party is faced with multiple list of candidates elected from Ward and LG Congresses from the states.
According to him, the multiple lists have confounded the national headquarter of the party as it becomes difficult in deciphering the authentic list from the states.

“In Lagos alone, there are about four list from Lagos all begging for consideration,” Our source revealed.
Asked to name the source of the multiple list, he said: “We recieved the list from the party in Lagos but before this could be considered other lists from some critical stakeholders in Lagos were also submitted.

“They include list from Lagos4Lagos, Ambode Campaign Organisation (AMCO) and another interest group.”
The scenario is, however, not perculiar to Lagos alone as findings have revealed two lists from Osun State have been submitted to Abuja for consideration.

According to our source, there is a list from Gov. Gboyega Oyetola-backed state exco and another from the opposition group which hold it’s allegiance to former governor and Minister for Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
A similar scenario may have also played out in Ogun, where loyalists of Gov. Dapo Abiodun and former governor Ibikunle Amosun have submitted their individual list for consideration at the party’s national headquarters.
The development also prevails in other states of the federation as embattled party stalwarts are bringing their influence to bare in Abuja to right the perceived injustice meted to them during the Ward and LG Congresses in their respective states.
The victims, our source informed have mobilized themselves for offensive against the party by pressuring the leadership to consider the consensus option ahead of the 16th October convention date.

“We do not want to go to the convention as a fractured party because of its many negative implications. Beside, these are critical stakeholders in their respective states.

“Hence, in order to build cohesion and unity, we are most likely going to go for consensus, where offices are going to shared among stakeholders. This is the only option open to us now because we have alot of complaints on the conduct of the last Ward and Local Government Congresses and we do not
want the problem to be repeated during the state congress,” our source added further.

By Lanre Olaleye

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