The Ogun State chapter of Labour Party has reacted to the outcome of the Ward Congresses of the All Progressive Congress (APC) held on Saturday, 5th April, 2014.
Publicity Secretary of Ogun APC, Deji Kalejaiye, in a statement on Thursday, decried the acts of violence and civil disturbances that characterized the congress.
It lamented the incidence of violence which saw a lot of party members sustaining various degree of injuries, saying it has further exposed the APC to being a congregation of selfish politicians, who are bent on acquiring power by all means without being prepared for the responsibility that comes with leadership.
The statement reads: “if at ordinary ward congress blood-letting and maiming could be the order of the day one wonders what we are to expect in the remaining party congresses not to talk of the general elections. It is amusing that a Political party that claims to be the symbol of democracy and pacesetter could disintegrate and demonstrate the height of undemocratic acts.
“It is evident that All Progressive Congress in Ogun State will employ all means to retain itself in government at all cost which could jeopardize the peaceful conduct of the 2015 general election”.
Insinuating that the ruling APC in the state could take a cue from the Labour Party, Kalejaiye recalled that the party’s recently held congresses, which was devoid of any crisis, could be regarded by every standard as one of the best organized party congresses.
He added: “The Labour Party is however using this medium to appeal to the good people of Ogun State to embrace the social democratic ideals of the Labour Party by joining it and vote out the All Progressive Congress in the next general election in order to save our people from the bondage the APC will put the people into if voted into power by Year 2015.
“Conclusively, it is our considered opinion that the APC leadership in the state will appease its members ahead of the coming Local Government congress to avoid another audacious outing.
“As usual, it is expected that the APC lying machinery will attempt to cover up this insolence. But they must be reminded that the truth is constant, hence the veracity of any claim resides with the people”, the statement concluded.