The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the ward congresses scheduled for Saturday to elect new party executives will hold across the country.
The Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) announced this on Thursday in a statement signed by the acting national secretary Senator John Akpanudoedehe in Abuja.
The statement said the clarification became necessary following personal interpretations and opinions by some chieftains of the Supreme Court judgement on the Ondo governorship election.
After the Ondo state judgement on Wednesday, Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo (SAN), had advised the APC to stop all preparations and conduct of congresses.
The minister said among other that: “The planned congresses across the country slated for this weekend must immediately be suspended because it will be an exercise in futility as analysed above. The competence of Gov. Mai Mala Buni to organise the congresses has been called to question by the Supreme Court.”
The APC, however, said: “Ward Congress Committees of the party has already been inaugurated and delegated with the responsibility of conducting, supervising, monitoring and giving feedback to the Party on the outcome of the scheduled Ward Congresses.
“The clarification is against the backdrop of personal opinions being expressed by some individuals on the status of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC ) and its capacity to conduct the Congresses.
“While it is not our intention to join issues with these commentators, the Supreme Court in its Wednesday judgment affirming the Election victory of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN had no bearing on the CECPC’s status and its membership.”