Consensus, panacea for the APC crisis, according to the Congress Committee
By Rotimi Ojomoyela, Ado Ekiti
The seven-member Ward Congress committee, sent to Ekiti State by the acting president of the All Progressives Congress and the extraordinary convention planning committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, yesterday called on stakeholders to adopt a consensus in the interest of the party.
They insisted that consensus remains the best option that can unite the various interests of the party for a common goal.
The Committee chaired by Alhaji Shittu Galambi has the Hon. Omowunmi Olatunji, Hon. Mohammed Bamanga, Hon. Mohammed Ndanusa, Hon. Naomi Awake, Prof. Okey Onyejekwe and Comr. Bello Osaretin, as members.
Speaking to reporters from the APC secretariat in Ado Ekiti after distributing election materials in 177 neighborhoods, committee chair Alhaji Shittu Galambi said he conveyed Governor Buni’s message to all stakeholders that a consensus should be adopted in the interest of the party.
Galambi, however, clarified that the party and stakeholders are free to conduct a direct mode of election when a consensus agreement fails between the candidates.
âWe distributed documents to all 177 departments and got the full support of all relevant stakeholders. The process went without crisis.
âMost importantly, we have communicated the message from our National Interim Planning Committee and Extraordinary Conventions that they should adopt consensus and, if that fails, there will be a direct primary mode.
âLet me also say that we have not received any complaints from any of the stakeholders. Enabling peace and unity is in the interest of our party as loyal members, âsaid Galambi.
Meanwhile, a member of the state’s working committee, who yearned for anonymity, told reporters on Saturday that the party had adopted consensus mainly before the arrival of the National Committee.
He said virtually all members of the 177 wards adopted a consensus with less than 10 pleading for elections, which he said was being worked out to allow for a consensual arrangement.
âWe have less stress here at Ekiti because we have adopted a consensus and it is paying off.
âThere were less than 10 constituencies that could not reach consensus, but the leaders of those regions are engaged in some serious bargaining and I think it will help.
âMainly, we don’t have a serious problem here at Ekiti and the process has gone off without a hitch,â he said.
However, the president’s special adviser on political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, launched a serious tirade a few days ago against the loyalists of Governor Kayode Fayemi, accusing them of hijacking the process.
Ojudu in his complaint alleged that those perceived to be loyal to Fayemi under the brand name âFayemi Tokan Tokanâ were denying other groups besides their own access to application forms for one of the parish officials.
APC Secretary of State for Publicity Hon Ade Ajayi, however, called the accusation false and unfounded, saying all tendencies within the party were granted respect and unhindered access. to get forms and challenge where consensus fails.