Edo APC may hold parallel congresses

There are indications that the All Progressives Congress in Edo State may conduct parallel congresses on Saturday as the party conducts its state congresses nationwide.

The leadership of the party in the wards and local government areas mostly emerged through consensus, but some members of the party on Thursday kicked against the move, insisting that there was a need to change the State Working Committee.

Addressing a press conference in Benin City, the Vice Chairman, Edo Central of the party and a chairmanship aspirant, Chief Francis Inegbeneki dissociated himself and his supporters from a meeting purportedly called by the leadership of the party to agree on consensus arrangement.

He threatened to conduct a parallel congress if there was any attempt to adopt consensus.

He said, “I am fully ready and still in the race to contest for the position of chairman on Saturday.

“The record I want to set straight is that Edo people and Nigerians should know that the state Congress of the APC will hold. The majority of our party faithful will conduct a credible congress.

“There is a rumour going round that I have stepped down or been asked to step down. I’m here to set the record straight and I wish to state emphatically that I’m still in the race.”