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The two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held separate local government congresses in Kwara on Saturday to elect their executives.

The congresses were held at the LG secretariats of the two factions across the 16 local government areas of Kwara.

The factions were those loyal to the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

Both factions adopted consensus arrangement for the congresses as encouraged by the national secretariat.

Alhaji Abdulrahoof Bello, a chieftain of the APC loyal to Mohammed, led by Mr. Bashir Bolarinwa, told NAN on phone that the exercise went smoothly in Omupo, Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.

He said all officers of the party in the local government were elected through consensus arrangement.

Bello said that there was no rancour as members conducted themselves orderly during the exercise.

Mr. Damilola Olomu, who monitored the exercise in Patigi Local Government Area, said the congress was smooth.

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In Asa Local Government Area, Imam Abdulkadir O.S was elected Chairman; Mr. Sulaiman Aremu – Vice Chairman; Mr. Maaruf Yusuf – Youth Leader; Mrs Ojelabi Oluwatoyin – Women Leader, and Mr. Akanbi Raheem – Secretary.

The faction loyal to AbdulRazaq, headed by Alhaji Abdulahi Samari, also conducted its primaries across the state smoothly as party delegates trooped out to elect the new executives at the local government level.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, said the congress took off amidst fanfare.

He said delegates for the congress were peaceful in electing new leaders through affirmation of consensus list earlier agreed to by all the stakeholders.

Ajakaye said the delegates election started in every part of the state under peaceful atmosphere and close supervision by the APC team from Abuja and INEC officials deployed for the exercise.

According to him, in Ilorin West Local Government Area, Mr Sulaiman Tejidini, was unanimously endorsed as the Chairman for another term. (NAN)