The All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to punish its members who organised parallel ward congresses on Saturday contrary to its directive.
This was stated by the Secretary of the Caretaker/ Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Senator John Akpanudoedehe. Speaking in Abuja, he also said the party would come hard on members who flouted its directive that all court cases against it should be withdrawn.
According to him, the party will, in line with Section 21(D) of its constitution, will punish members, who resort to self-help.
States, where parallel ward congresses took place on Saturday, include Osun, Ogun, Kwara, and Oyo. The process has led to the engagement of war of words between rival groups in Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Niger, and Delta states.
Groups within the party disagreed on the exercise while some said it was free and fair. Others insisted that it was illegal and marred by violence.
Speaking to Punch in an interview Akpanudoedehe warned that the party would impose sanctions on party members who organised parallel congresses, adding that the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led committee had zero tolerance to indiscipline.
“The party will not tolerate parallel congresses anywhere. We were very, very clear about what we were doing.
“Members cannot resort to self-help. We have processes and procedures which we advise aggrieved members to follow.
“If any member has an issue with the congresses, we will set up an appeal panel, let such a member approach the panel. We will wait for the outcome of the appeal panel before we take the next step, but the warning we issued based on the resolution of the National Executive Committee in December still subsists,” he added.
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