The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, on Saturday, accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State of hijacking the forms for elective positions, ahead of next Saturday’s ward congress allegedly for cronies of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Ojudu, who also rejected a consensus for the congress, saying it would spell doom for the party ahead of the 2022 governorship election, added, “Any attempt to endorse a consensus arrangement for the congress would be resisted by leaders.”
The presidential adviser, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, said the alleged hijack of forms “is aimed at depriving other members of the party who are not loyal to Fayemi’s Tokan Tokan group of access to the forms and stop them from contesting for positions in the ward congress as against the mandate of the National Caretaker Committee of the party.”
Ojudu’s protest came on the heels of allegations, on Thursday, by the state Chairman of South-West. Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 within the party, Senator Tony Adeniyi, that the governor and his caucus in the Ekiti APC had solely imposed an electoral body and chosen delegates for the congresses without the input of several party stakeholders.
He alleged that the party leadership hijacked the forms from the ward congress committee sent from the national secretariat to the state on Friday and induced the committee to return to Abuja without performing their duty of making the forms available to interested party members.
The presidential adviser said, “The mandate was that they should stay and sell the forms to every party member interested. Governors had come to Abuja to demand the form but the committee managing the party said no. They invited all chairmen of the state branches and briefed them on the need to allow all members interested in contesting to have access to the form.’’
But the Ekiti APC Caretaker Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi, described the allegations by Ojudu as “frivolous and flimsy,” saying those raising the alarm about next Saturday’s congress were “strangers who have no idea of the workings within the party.”