State Congresses: Ekiti APC members did not submit any petitions to us – Appeal panel insists

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The five-member appeal panel set up by the All Progressives Congress Caretaker and Extra-Ordinary Convention Committee for the State Congress in Ekiti State has said no petition was received in respect of the intra-party election in the state.

The former Oyo State Deputy Governor and Panel Chairman, Iyiola Oladokun, who addressed journalists in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, disclosed that no petition was filed by the Southwest Agenda for 23 presidential aspirations of the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (SWAGA) before the panel.

SWAGA had last week inaugurated a factional body in Ado Ekiti, which came a few days after the October 16 congress on the strength that the congress was alleged to have been fraught with irregularities.

The National Coordinator of SWAGA, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, had while inaugurating the factional ward and local government executives, alleged that his members were alienated by the faction loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi called ‘TokanTokan’ prior to the congress.

But while interacting with newsmen, the Panel Chairman said the group didn’t submit any petition before it, querying the conduct of the State congress, where Paul Omotoso and 35 other executives emerged.

Oladokun said: “We arrived Ekiti on Sunday and we made our presence known immediately to all members and to whoever that was aggrieved as a result of the State Congress of October 16.

“We commenced operation at the party Secretariat on Monday at 2pm, we didn’t see anybody to present any petition before us.

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‘Before we left for Abuja, no petition or document of complaints was given to us. We were even here at the Secretariat on Tuesday trying to give whoever was not aware of our arrival on Monday the benefit of the doubt, but we received none.

“We learnt all the officials emerged through consensus at the State Congress. Despite that, there was still voice affirmation in electing the 36-member executives. Based on this, we are preparing our report to be submitted at the national headquarters of our party.

“No group by the name SWAGA submitted any petition before us. No petition from any group or individuals was received in the course of our staying here”, the former deputy governor stated.

Oladokun charged members of the executive to unify the party and work hard to win the coming local government election slated for December 4, 2021, and the 2022 governorship poll in the state.

In his response, the Chairman of SWAGA in Ekiti, Senator Tony Adeniyi, said they decided not to file any petition because the body was in court challenging the delegate list used and the outcome of the ward and local government congresses.

“It will be an exercise in futility to be participating in a congress that we are contesting the delegate list used for its conduct. The matter is before the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti and the matter came up today(Thursday) for hearing.

“We are awaiting the outcome of the court on the issue”, Adeniyi said.

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