Edo - The congresses of the All Progressive Congress in four local governments of the Edo-North Senatorial District have been cancelled due to the inability of party members to reach a consensus agreement.
The local governments are Akoko-Edo, Etsako-West, Etsako-Central and Owan-West.
The congresses were held in Owan-East and Etsako-East local governments.
The Chairman of Owan-West Local Government, Godwin Aigbodion, said that the congresses were cancelled because party members disagreed on adopting consensus candidates for the positions of Chairman and Secretary.
"The local government congress has been cancelled as party members in the local government area could not reach a consensus agreement on the position of local government chairman of the party.
"I cannot say when the congress would hold, but members need to go and harmonise before the congress will take place,’’ he said.
However, in the Owan-East local government, a consensus was agreed as names of the elected officers were harmonised and affirmed through the raising of hands by the delegates.
The Chairman of Owan-East, Jimoh Ijegbai, said that the council decided to build on the consensus agreement to elect party officials.
"We decided to build on the consensus agreement and as you witnessed yourself, the only position that was contested for is the position of youth leader and an election was conducted.
"The 275 delegates that came from the 11 wards voted at the congress; that is the beauty of democracy.
"Owan-East is one of the local governments that have enjoyed peace since the process of electing a new leadership in the APC.
"We don’t have any crisis in Owan-East and I thank God for that,’’ he said.
The new APC chairman of Owan-East, Roland Edeki, thanked party members for electing him as their chairman.
"I will improve the standard of politics in Owan-East.
"I will continue to work for the progress of the APC at the local government and the state as a whole,’’ he said.
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