All Progressives Congress has threatened to punish top members who organised parallel state congresses.
The party’s congresses in some states were married by violence as various groups slugged it out with governors elected on its platform for the control of the structures in the states.
Among those who organised parallell congresses are the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; his internal security counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola; and former Governor of Ogun State and senator representing Ogun Central, Ibikunle Amosun.
APC National Secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, in a statement warned that the leadership would not allow any member to usurp its authority.
It reads: “The All Progressives Congress (APC) congratulates our teeming members on the successful conduct of the party’s state congresses across the country.
“In adherence to internal democracy and the charge by the leader of our great party, President Muhammadu Buhari, that the party be returned to the people, card-carrying party members came out en masse to elect executives who will take charge of APC affairs across the states for the next four years.
“However, our attention has been drawn to reports of so-called and purported ‘parallel’ congresses. To borrow the phrase of one of our esteemed governors, such ‘parallel’ congresses are mere naming ceremonies.
“The purported ‘parallel’ congresses are futile activities and very strange to the party, our constitution and the guidelines for the conduct of the state and other congresses.
“Only exercises conducted by duly inaugurated state congress committees are recognised by the party. The APC leadership will not hesitate to take adequate and lawful measures against any person or interest sabotaging the collective party’s interest and efforts to achieve peace and unity in our great party.
“Where contestations exist, adequate conflict resolution measures have been put in place to address them. The party has Appeal committees for every congress.
“Recall also that the party has inaugurated the national reconciliation committee under the chairmanship of Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, former governor of Nasarawa State to reconcile all differences among stakeholders and party members.”