By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied the holding of parallel congresses in some states, describing any such exercise not sanctioned by it as illegal and of no effect.
While reacting to reports of parallel congresses in a couple of states during its last Saturday’s local government congress, the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Bolaji Abdulahi, said the party only recognises the congress conducted by committees it charged with the responsibility.
There were reports of disputes in the APC’s ward and local government congresses held in the last two weeks which resulted in parallel congresses.
Abdulahi, in a statement issued on Monday, said: “The party’s position is that there is no such thing as parallel congress.
“The only congress recognised by the party is that conducted in accordance with the party constitution, which was organised by the congress committee charged by the party to organise such congress.
“We therefore regard any so-called parallel congresses as exercise in futility and attempt to cause confusion in the party.
“We wish to reiterate that any party member who has any genuine grievances regarding the congresses should channel such through the Appeals Committee in their respective states.”