The suspended state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State is now scheduled to hold on Saturday.
The Caretaker Chairman, Oyo APC, Chief Akin Oke disclosed this in a statement released on Monday.
The statement which noted that the congress will hold at the same Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Liberty road, Ibadan, added that only delegates and officials are expected at the venue.
The statement listed the delegates that will be allowed entry into the stadium as ward chairman, ward secretary, and three local government delegates elected during the local government congress held on July 31, 2021, as well as statutory delegates specified in the constitution of the party.
In the statement, Oke specifically, urged its party members to be wary of the antics of some saboteurs and desperate politicians who are circulating a fake delegate list ahead of the party’s state congress.
The statement further cautioned its members against toeing the line of anti-democratic forces are were hell-bent on foisting crisis upon the party.
It also bemoaned the suspended congress which was attributed to the logistics challenge.
The statement read, “We regret the situation that led to the postponement of the exercise last Saturday after some of our members expected at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium venue had arrived and started a carnival-like engagement among themselves. We are Indeed glad to inform members of the general public that there is no cause for alarm as the exercise will now come up this Saturday at the same venue.
“It is highly imperative for us to indicate that only delegates and officials are expected at the venue on Saturday as no unauthorized person or group of persons would be allowed entry into the stadium arena. The delegates are in two categories- ward chairman, ward secretary, and three local government delegates elected during the local government congress held on July 31, 2021, as well as statutory delegates specified in the constitution of our great Party.
“To this end, we appeal to security agencies in the state to be on alert as we have it on good authority that the same set of state-sponsored hoodlums who wreaked havoc at a private facility where a faction of the PDP held its Congress last Saturday have been directed to visit our gathering this Wednesday and unleash terror on our leaders and members with a view to disrupting the Congress which they know would strengthen the opposition party to be able to dislodge Gov. Makinde from power in 2023.
“Finally, we would like to state with emphasis that the concocted local government executive members’ list being circulated on the social media platforms in the last 24 hours is fake and should be disregarded as only the national secretariat of our party has the list with them at the moment while they have assured that it would be made public through the right channel at the appropriate time,” Oke added.
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