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APC ignores Keyamo’s warning, says July 31 Nationwide Ward Congresses will hold

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) has announced that its ward congresses to elect party executives will hold across the country on Saturday, 31 July 2021 despite warnings from Minister for Labour and Employment, Festus Kayemo.

In a memo to party stakeholders and published on ElombahNews today, and titled, ‘The Implication Of The Supreme Court Judgment Today In Jegede Vs Akeredolu As It Affects The APC Is That The Party Must Halt All Preparations And Conduct Of Congresses Nationwide Forthwith”, Festus Keyamo, SAN, had warned that “the planned Congresses across the country slated for this weekend must immediately be suspended because it will be an exercise in futility as analysed above. The competence of Gov. Mai Mala Buni to organise the congresses has been called to question by the Supreme Court.”

But in a statement made by the party’s National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John James Akpanudoedehe said that the Supreme Court’s judgement affirming the Election victory of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN had no bearing on the CECPC’s status and its membership.

The statement read, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) Ward Congresses to elect party executives will hold across the country on Saturday, July 31st 2021 as scheduled.

“To this end, ward Congress Committees of the Party have already been inaugurated and delegated with the responsibility of conducting, supervising, monitoring the scheduled Ward Congresses.

“The clarification is against the backdrop of personal opinions being expressed by some individuals on the status of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC ) and its capacity to conduct the Congresses.

“While it is not our intention to join issues with these comentators, the Supreme Court’s Wednesday judgement affirming the Election victory of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN had no bearing on the CECPC’s status and its membership.

“Party members and aspirants should therefore come out enmasse and peacefully to participate in the ward Congresses, come Saturday.

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