Accredited delegates attended the Kwara APC Council Congress – President
The chairman of the interim committee of the Congress of All Progressives in Kwara State, Alhaji Abdullahi Samari, said on Tuesday that there was no parallel congress in the state last Saturday.
He said this in an interview with reporters in Ilorin.
Samari said: “Unlike the parish congress which involved all party members, the local congress was not everyone’s business. This was strictly an election of delegates in which only accredited delegates, including elected statutory delegates, are allowed to participate.
According to him, in order for a congress to be held, the party constitution requires the provision of a list of delegates to the Independent National Electoral Commission and the police before voting begins at the venue of the local government congress.
He said the exercise must also be conducted by accredited party officials and be duly supervised by INEC to qualify as a legal congress.
“This is exactly the procedure we followed as a party. Any group of people who claim to have done anything contrary to this in Kwara State or elsewhere are just a bunch of jokers and troublemakers who should never be taken seriously.
“We are happy that our party’s national secretariat has also made it very clear, especially in light of some misleading reports about the congress. The rules and guidelines of the party are very clear. The consequences for anyone flouting the guidelines, thus ridiculing the party for their own selfish agenda, are also very clear and we are happy that the national party secretariat has spoken out in this regard as well. “