The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has dissolved the Kwara State executive of the party, citing electoral irregularities in the last ward, local and state congresses.
“The National Working Committee (NWC) at its meeting of 30th July, 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 by the national leadership of party, Monday.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who is from the state, had at the weekend reportedly asked party officials loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign their appointments and announced Bashir Bolarinwa as the new state Chairman of the party.
The NWC has now asked Bolarinwa to assume office “with immediate effect”.
Consequently, at the end of the NWC meeting Monday evening in Abuja, National Chairman of the Party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the National Secretary of the party, Mai Mala Buni in a statement said 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 organs at ward, kocal government and state executive committees of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara state.
“That Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa shall and is hereby appointed as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the State Executive Committee of APC in Kwara State”.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said there is no going back on delivering Kwara State to the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The Minister, in a statement he personally issued in Abuja on Monday, said that with the recent gale of defections, the APC members and supporters in Kwara were determined to strengthen the party.
He said the party would open its doors to hordes of those willing to join and reposition it ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Minister noted that with the defection of the APC members in the National Assembly, the “wheat had been separated from the chaff.’’
Responding to a statement made by one Jimoh Balogun at a press conference in Ilorin, the state capital, Mohammed said his new leadership of APC in Kwara would not cede the state to double agents.
He said the challenge by Balogun to his membership of and contributions to the APC was inconsequential.
“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,” he said.
The Minister said his critics were rattled because of the decision not to allow them to actualise their nefarious plan.