By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
The National Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Osun State Ward Congress has disclosed that only candidates who collected nomination forms, passed through the screening process and participated in the congress were declared winners.
The committee also reiterated that the exercise was carried out in line with the principles and guidelines of the party as enshrined in its Constitution and in accordance with the directive of the national leadership of the APC.
Chairman of the committee, Gbenga Elegbeleye, who stated this while addressing a press conference in Osogbo on Monday, at the state party secretariat, expressed satisfaction with the ward congress held in Osun at the weekend, describing it as a huge success.
He also debunked insinuations making the round that members of the committee did not meet with stakeholders of the party before the exercise, saying those peddling such insinuations were on a self-serving motive.
Elegbeleye disclosed that the committee met with stakeholders of the APC in the state, including three former deputy governors, serving members of the National Assembly, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, among other key stakeholders of the party.
He therefore noted that it would be hypocritical of any discerning mind and member of the party to say that those whom the committee met with are not stakeholders of the APC in Osun.
Speaking further, he said: “We came in on Friday and held a stakeholders’ meeting with the leaders, who are critical stakeholders of the party. This stakeholders’ meeting had the governor in attendance, with three former deputy governors, Speaker of State House of Assembly, members of the National Assembly among other leaders of the party.
“So, you can not say such generality of the party’s leaders that we met are not representatives of the people. We actually met with those we all know as leaders of the party. They are indeed the leaders of the party.
“What we did on Saturday was to ensure that only those who got and filled nomination forms, passed through screening process participated in the Ward Congresses, and it is only this set of people that can be declared the winners of the Ward Congresses.
“We were given the mandate from the National Secretariat, so, there is no way we will declare those who didn’t collect nomination forms, who didn’t fill them and who didn’t pass through the screening process as winners.
“So, it is those who participated in the congress who collected forms, filled forms, passed through screening exercise that we can say are eligible.
“I have the forms of each of the three senatorial districts with me and I am using this opportunity, on behalf of my colleagues in congress committee to declare those who were screened as elected representatives and new executive of each of the wards they represent.”
The press conference, which held at the Osun APC Secretariat had in attendance the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye; Caretaker Chairman of the Party, Prince Gboyega Famodun; members of the recently inaugurated caretaker committee of the local government areas, local council development areas; council areas and administrative offices; party’s stalwarts; members of the press; among others.