By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state has warned its members aspiring to contest the February 11 local government elections in the state to steer clear of any anti-party activities.
Also, the party announced Friday, January 20 as the date of primaries election for aspirants for the posts of chairmen and councilors in the February polls.
APC in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Director of Publicity and Strategy in Oyo state,Comrade Olawale Sadare stressed that act of indiscipline by any of the aspirants to the party and its leadership would attract severe sanctions from the party.
Specifically,the party threatens to “disqualify or even withdraw nominations” of aspirants found engaging in unwarranted attacks against the party and its leadership in Oyo state.
“It is important to emphasize here that Supreme Court pronouncement has placed nomination of candidates for any election on the shoulder of political parties. To this end, aspirants are warned to steer clear of any anti-party activities and its leadership as doing so would attract severe sanctions from the party,”it said.
According to the party, the primaries would hold at designated Centres in the 33 Local Government Areas as well as in the newly created 35 LCDAs, adding that with the inclusion of the newly created 35 Local Council Development Areas, there are 351 councilorship and 68 chairmanship seats to be contested for across the state by the aspirants during the local government election fixed for 8am and to be concluded same day.
“In line with Article 20 of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (2014, As Amended), we would like to inform all members of our great party in Oyo State particularly all aspirants who have been cleared by the Screening Committees as well as party executive members at all levels and all others concerned that party primaries aimed at choosing candidates for the available posts in the February, 2017 local government elections would hold this Friday at designated venues across the state”.
The party further warned aspirants in the elections that “as a matter of fact, aspirants are reminded that any established case of unwarranted attacks against the party and its leadership may lead to disqualification or even withdrawal of nominations”