Mr Gbenga Elegbeleye, the Chairman of the National Committee for Osun Congress of the All Progressives Congress(APC) has described the parallel congress conducted in the state by supporters of former Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday as a mere funeral ceremony.
Elegbeleye said at a news conference on Sunday at the APC’s secretariat in Osogbo that his committee was not aware of any parallel congress in the state as being speculated.
He added that the only authentic congress was the one supervised by his committee at the Osogbo City Stadium.
The Ileri Oluwa Group, loyal to Gov. Gboyega Oyatola, held its congress at the Osogbo City Stadium, where the immediate caretaker chairman of the party, Mr Gboyega Famodun, was re-elected as the party chairman.
TOP, at a parallel congress, elected the immediate Secretary of the party, Alhaji Rasak Salinsile, as its Chairman.
Elegbeleye, who described the insinuations of parallel Congress in the state as a fallacy, said on no account could any congress be held outside the knowledge of the committee, as prescribed by the party’s principles and guidelines.
“I am not aware of any parallel congress anywhere and nobody notify me or any members of my committee of any parallel congress anywhere and what we don’t know, we don’t act on it.
“As far as we are concerned, there was no congress anywhere else, except the one conducted and supervised by me and other committee members.
“We came here on Friday to address a stakeholders meeting where we announced the venue of the congress and this was done in the presence of the media.