Recent sack of Bashir Omoloja Bolarinwa, BOB, chairman state ruling party caretaker committee of Kwara State is believed to have utterly put the All Progressives Party, APC, in a tail spin, elombah.com can authoritatively report.
Kwara State is critical to some warring stakeholders of the party ahead 2023 general elections because two key ministers, Lai Mohammed and Gbemisola Saraki, both from two very powerful political camps in the party hail from the state.
BOB, the embattled state party chairman, belong to the camp of Saraki and Mohammed who are in turn known associates of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the party.
On the other hand, Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak, of Kwara is pitted against this group.
The governor, say those who know, represent powerful cabal in the presidency and the core north ahead 2023.
But all pretences to niceties from the warring factors went out the window after it was announced by the party secretary at the national headquaters that BOB, recently sworn in by Mai Mala Buni, national chairman, APC, has been sacked.
While the news has clearly polarized the party in the state, conflicting reports from the national headquarters tend to put the whole matter in a confusing light.
Some members of the party’s caretaker committee insist that they are not even aware of Samari Abdullahi, the acting chairman, appointed in BOB’s stead appointment Letter as Kwara APC Chairman.
Even more, the reported meetings by the stakeholders and aggrieved members on the matter. The online newspaper was told that one of such meeting ended and the leadership of the party referred the factions to the peace and reconciliation under the North Central Zonal Committee of the APC.
National Headquarters also noted that BOB should be compensated and considered for an assignment within the Government.
At the meeting, Lai Muhammed spoke on behalf of the aggrieved group while governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq spoke on behalf of the mainstream of the party.
Both camps are at the moment moving back to their various base to discuss the next line of action and how to accommodate BOB in any government position.
While that has been ongoing, a new development appears to have thrown the effort overboard.
Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly and 21 other members of the state legislature have thrown their weight behind the removal of BOB as the state chairman of the party .
The online newspaper also gathered that seven out of the nine members of the state’s lawmakers at the National Assembly, NASS, have lent support to the move of the national caretaker committee of the party over the removal of Hon. Bolarinwa from office.
The two groups of law makers from Kwara in separate letters addressed to the national chairman caretaker committee of the APC and Yobe state governor, Buni, stated that the removal would restore sanity to the party in the state.
The Speaker and 21 other members in a letter addressed to Alhaji Buni and jointly signed by them stated that, the appointment of the state deputy chairman of the party, Alhaji Samari Abdullahi as the acting chairman of the caretaker committee of the party was in right direction.
The state house of assembly in a letter addressed to the national chairman caretaker committees/ convention planning committee dated January 14, 2021 said that, “As an arm of government and particularly, a ruling government, we the members of the Kwara state house of Assembly wish to sincerely commend the better than never efforts of the leadership or our great party-APC at the national level.
“The bold step taken at suspending the Ex- chairman over a plethora of mis-deeds that had been allowed to linger on for over a long period unchecked will hopefully put an end to the embarrassment that we went through panifully”.
The letter which was also copied to the Chairman Progressives Governor’s Forum and Chairman, North Central Governor’s Forum added, the move is the only antidote that can bring back sanity, trusted loyalty as well as as breed positive development to the state through good governance.
“Your Excllemcy, it is better imagined than witnessed, the absolute anti-party and anti-government activities brazenly and continually displayed by the suspended chairman.
“His activities in reference appear to be motivated by certain power blocks”, the letter read.
The lawmaker added that, “As concerned legislators, we made several peace moves most of which got aborted either by the suspended chairman himself or his allies.
“The suspension of the Ex- chairman has relieves continual crisis within Kwara APC.
Also, seven out of the nine members of the National Assembly from the state are said to have pledged support to the appointment of Alhaji Samari Abdullahi as the acting state chairman of the party in the state.
The seven national Assembly members from the state that signed the letter are Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, Senator Lola Ashiru, Senator Umar Sadik, Hon.AbdulRaheem Olatunji Olawuyi, Hon.Tijani Kolawole Ismail, Hon.Unar Bio and Hon. Abubakar Ahmed Ndakene.
In a letter addressed and sent to the national chairman caretaker committees of the party and signed by the seven out of nine members of the national assembly, they claimed among other things that It has become imperative to write the letter.
“Alhaji Abdullahi Samari Abubakar’s appointment as the new chairman of the caretaker committee of APC, Kwara state chapter demonstrate your leadership capacity and courage.
“Your committee has been doing all that is necessary to bring lasting stability to our party and emphasise the priority that our party places on good governance to fulfil the mandate given to your committee by the NEC of our party”, the letter read.
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