The national leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC, has dissolved Kwara State executive of the party, citing electoral malfeasance in the last ward, local and state congresses. Lai Mohammed “The National Working Committee NWC at its meeting of July 30, 2018, examined the unfolding developments within the party in Kwara State, specifically the irregularities that characterised the conduct and outcome of the congresses that produced the leadership of the party at all levels (ward, local government and state),’’ said a statement signed, yesterday, by the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and National Secretary, Mai Mala Bunu.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had, weekend, reportedly asked party officials loyal to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to resign their appointments and announced Bashir Bolarinwa as the new state chairman of the party. The NWC has now asked Mr Bolarinwa to assume office “with immediate effect.” Consequently, at the end of the NWC meeting, yesterday, in Abuja, the NWC “also reviewed the actions of some leaders of the party that emerged from the above congresses, who participated in an open rally calling on the Senate president to decamp to the PDP.”
The party said after a careful and exhaustive deliberation on this and other developments in the state chapter of the party and pursuant to the provisions of Article 13.4 (xvi) and (xvii) of the party’s constitution invoked its power as enshrined therein. It, therefore, resolved “to dissolve all party organs from ward, local government and state executive of the party in Kwara State; to constituency caretaker committee at all levels of the party of the party organ at ward, local government and state executive committees of All Progressives Congress in Kwara State.
“That Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa shall and is, hereby, appointed as chairman of the caretaker committee of the state executive committee of APC in Kwara State.” We won’t cede Kwara to double agents— Lai Mohammed Speaking Sunday night, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, reiterated his earlier decision to support the dissolution of the Kwara APC under the chairmanship of Alhaji Ishola Balogun Fulani who he described as double agents. The minister in his statement issued last night in his reaction to the earlier press conference in Ilorin, by the APC leaders who rejected his dissolution of the party, said they were waiting to crash the party before they escaped to the other side.
The statement issued by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, entitled,”We Will Not Cede Kwara Apc To Double Agents,” read: “My attention has been drawn to the statement made by one Alhaji Jimoh Balogun, at a press conference in Ilorin today (yesterday), questioning my membership of and contributions to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State. “The issue of my membership of the APC as well as my contributions to the growth of the party in Kwara and, indeed, in Nigeria as a whole, is settled and not subject to any contestation.
“For those who may be engaging in mischief over this, the massive turnout of APC members and supporters to welcome me during my trip home this past weekend for a stakeholders’ consultative meeting, should serve as ample confirmation. “The truth is that those who are making this allegation are the ones who need to validate their membership of our great party since they have left no one in any doubt about their status as ‘double agents’.
“Alhaji Balogun is one of the three Kwara Senatorial chairmen who recently called on their leader to take them out of the APC. As far as our members are concerned, these Janus-faced people are just waiting to crash the APC in Kwara before they escape to the other side. “What has rattled them so much, however, is our decision not to allow them to actualise their nefarious plan.
“Now that the wheat has been separated from the chaff, APC members and supporters in Kwara are determined to strengthen the party, open its doors to hordes of those willing to join and reposition it ahead of the 2019 general elections, with a view to delivering the state to President Muhammadu Buhari. On this, there is no going back.”