The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as null and void all parallel State Congresses conducted last Saturday across the country by non-accredited committees.
The party insisted on Sunday that there were no parallel congresses as reported in the media.
However, at the close of the nationwide exercise on Saturday, reports from Kwara, Niger, Ogun, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Kano, Bauchi, Abia, Rivers, Cross River and Lagos among others showed that parallel congresses were conducted depending on the number of political factions in each State.
In Lagos State alone, three congresses were reportedly held by different APC factions.
Secretary to the party’s Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John Akpanudoedehe, told the media on Sunday that only congresses conducted by accredited Congress Committees by the party were recognised.
He maintained that there was no parallel congress anywhere, insisting that any congress conducted outside the published guideline cannot stand.
“Anything (congress) outside the guideline is an exercise in futility. Anything that we (Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) did not authorize is not permissible.
“We are a structured and a well-organised party. We gave notice to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). We submitted the guideline and the list of committee members to conduct the congresses to INEC. If you go outside that arrangement, it is an exercise in futility,” Akpanudoedehe declared.
The Chairman of CECPC, Governor Mai Mala Buni, in a statement through his Director-General Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, on Friday warned that the party will not condone deliberate acts of sabotage by anyone or group intended to ridicule the process and outcome of the Congress.
Akpanudoedehe, on Sunday after the exercise, adjudged the Congress as successful, rating its conduct as high as 99 percent.
He bluntly refused to accept there were States where parallel congresses took place.