The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State on Thursday stated that the position of the Deputy National Chairman South of its party is still vacant.
This declaration thereby nullifies the nomination of the former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, by the party’s National Working Committee as the deputy national chairman (South).
In a statement issued by the party's Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi, it was stated that Ajimobi's nomination did not follow due process. Hence, the nominee for the position remained Senator Gbenga Aluko.
Ajayi said, “We wish to state that the announcement is a fraudulent assertion. We recall that select leaders of the APC in the South-West met in Lagos on January 31, 2020, where the APC state chairmen and other members of the South-West caucus, being the statutory organ, was mandated to meet and decide on the matter."
It was gathered that the position became vacant following the exit of the former occupant, Niyi Adebayo, from Ekiti State to become a minister.
Meanwhile, Ajayi further explained that meetings have been held, including the one held on February 4, 2020, where the South-West caucus of the party met at Osogbo, Osun State, over the same matter and have all turned out to be inconclusive.
He, therefore, asked: "How can the party now issue a statement on March 4 that a decision was taken on 14th of January, 2020?"
He exclaimed that it can only be a fraud!
“As far as the Ekiti State APC is concerned, our nominee for the vacant position of the Deputy Vice- Chairman, (South), is Senator Aluko," he reiterated.