Parallel elections , Violence mar APC, PDP Congresses in Lagos, Oyo, Niger, Akwa Ibom and other states.


As the two major political parties in the country conducted its state congress elections yesterday 17 October 2021, Parallel elections and violence marred the conduct in several states across the country.

Though the exercise went smoothly in most states, there were incidents of violence and attempted disruption in some states.

What was however common in several states was the emergence of two sets of executive members.

In Oyo, two sets of executives were produced as different factions of the PDP in the state held parallel congresses in Ibadan while the APC suspended theirs.

The faction loyal to Seyi Makinde, the governor, held its congress at the main bowl of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan while the aggrieved PDP members led by Mulikat Adeola-Akande, former majority leader of the house of representatives, held their congress at Jogor Centre, Liberty Road, off Ring Road, Ibadan.

Announcing the congress results held by the faction of Makinde, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, governor of Enugu and the congress chairman, declared Dayo Ogungbenro as the PDP state chairman.

The other faction produced Michael Okunlade emerged as the chairman of the Adeola-Akande-led faction.

The faction loyal to Gboyega Oyetola Governor of Osun state tagged IleriOluwa group reelected Gboyega Famodun as its chairman while the Osun Progressives (TOP) — the faction loyal to Rauf Aregbesola, ex-governor of the state — elected Rasaq Salinsile as its chairman.

In Osun, the APC factions in the state also held parallel congresses to elect the new leadership of the party.

In Lagos, Cornelius Ojelabi emerged as the APC party chairman in the state through consensus, while another faction — Lagos4Lagos Movement — elected Sunday Ajayi as its chairman.

On the other hand, the PDP congress in Lagos was inconclusive as a result of gunshots inside the Tafawa Balewa Square venue.

In Ogun state , the battle for the soul of the party continued as loyalists of Dapo Abiodun, governor of the state, elected Yemi Sanusi as the new chairman of the party while the faction of Ibikunle Amosun, ex-governor of the state, elected Derin Adebiyi as its chairman.

The Niger state chapter of the APC also conducted two parallel congresses in the state. Haliru Jikantoro emerged as the chairman of a faction recognised by Mai Mala Buni, the governor, while another faction elected Nasiru Ubandiya as its chairman.

In Enugu, the two factions of the APC produced Adolphus Ude and Ugochukwu Agballah as chairmen — meaning the state also has two sets of executives.

In Kwara, Bashir Bolarinwa was elected as the APC chairman of the state by a faction backed by Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture.

On the other hand, Sunday Fagbemi emerged as chairman of the faction loyal to AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, governor of Kwara.

Abia state was also not left out in the wave of parallel congresses sweeping across the APC.

Meanwhile, in Akwa Ibom, the group loyal to Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, elected Steve Ntukekpo as its chairman while Austin Ekanem emerged as the chairman of the Akpan Udoedeghe-led faction.

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