Text of a Press conference with journalists in Ilorin by the Leaders and Elders of the All Progressive Congress of the ruling APC in Kwara State and also the Integrity Group within the Party in the state, led by Engr Umar Shaaba (Wakil Lafiagi)
“We must state here that we are concerned and embarrassed by the festering crisis in the Party.
“We consider the crisis as unnecessary as it is unreasonable. That is why all men of good conscience should come out to condemn the violence.
“We would not have addressed the Press today but for the fact that as usual with the regime of Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak, that takes refuge in deceitful humility, the Governor, his handlers, and sycophants have inundated the public with false claims about who caused the crisis and mayhem at the venue of the stakeholders meeting.
“This press conference is called not only to debunk their claims but to tell the whole world about the inauguration of violence by the Governor of Kwara State.
“We must also let you know that the meeting which was at the instance of the Chairman of the Registration/Revalidation of Membership committee was for 12noon Wednesday 3rd of February 2021. The committee members were not at the venue until about 1pm.
“Curiously before some of the BOB members got to the venue we discovered that the entire space had already been taken over by the governor’s women supporters and thugs while the main entrance of the hall remained under lock and key. All this while, none of the members of the committee or their chairman was available. While the BOB group was still waiting for the meeting to take off, we got on good authority that the committee chairman and his members were ostensibly holding a meeting with the Governor and his group at the Government House. While the BOB group was still waiting, the premises where the meeting was to hold was filled with more than two hundred women mobilized by the governor and kitted with a type of Ankara cloth with his portrait on it. It was these women that became unruly, abusive, and violent later
“The women were singing: BOB ole, Akogun ole, Lukman ole, etc. If the Governor mobilized irresponsible women to the venue and encouraged them to abuse people: who therefore was responsible for the violence? The mobilized women were put under the instruction and guidance of the Governor’s Special Adviser on Women Affairs, lya Lamule.
“Secondly, the Governor of Kwara State mobilized to the venue several thugs and armed them with dangerous weapons. These thugs were put under the headship of his S. A. Domestic; one Mr. Obasanjo Alasi aka SOJ. The mobilized thugs were brought to the venue in one white vehicle, but the question that we need to ask is; what is the necessity to mobilize thugs to the venue of the stakeholders meeting by the governor? it was supposed to be a meeting of fewer than fifty invites. it was not a carnival.
“Thirdly, if it was not the Governor that mobilize for violence, why was BOB, Dantala, Alase, Lawyer Adeshina, Madam Laide the state women leader among others, all belonging to BOB were the target of the unwarranted attack? why was Sanmari, the Governor’s chairman not attacked? Could BOB have brought some things that would attack him and members of his group? this does not stand the test of logic
“Moreover, who created the condition of violence in the APC Kwara state? The Governor unable to remove BOB in Kwara State despite all efforts that failed, ran for help at the North Central zone of the Party to seek the help of his Higher State counterpart, what he has no power to do at home.
Engr Shaabah stressed, “there is the need here to let you know what transpired even at the Abuja meeting at the national secretariat of the party where both parties were invited for 3times.
After each group stated their sides of the case and the issue of a letter purportedly issued to Samari mentioned, both the north-central state chairman who chaired the meeting, as well as the acting national secretary of the party, denied any knowledge of the letter emphasizing further that the letter in Samaris possession did not emanate from either the acting secretary of the party or from the secretariat. This in short means that the letter must have been forged and if this is so, we think Samari should have been arrested for forgery.
“The verdict has come from the national secretariat on the matter rather
than witnessing is that Sanmarí deriving his strength from Governor AbdulRahman has continued to parade him as the anointed acting state caretaker chairman. with the continued silence of our party’s acting national chairman, the secretariat, and the north-central chairman, we believe that the national leadership of our party has created a condition and environment for crisis and violence in Kwara state.
“That created situation is an invitation to violence in Kwara State.
“The membership of the registration committee was put together by the Governor and his sister Sen Khariat Abdulrazak Gwadabe.
“We understand that at a time when the sister of the governor was the Chairman of the Ex-Senators Forum, Sen Danboi was his Secretary, we believe that he is here to do some hatchet job for the Governor of Kwara state, His operations and behavior have manifested this since his arrival in Kwara State, He and his members arrived Ilorin Kwara State, he knows that in our Party there are four factional tendencies, which the Governor as the party leader has never cared to glue together. The committee members are just dealing with the Governor’s group and treating them as the Party. He has allowed the group to nominate and set up registration committees among his group in the 16 Local Government Areas of the State and ditto in the one hundred and 193 wards of the State.
“Even all the people that will register members in all the pooling centers are from his very minute group. That has been approved by Senator Danboi Committee, a man that is not here to do any form of justice but rather to align with the governor. We have it on good authority that Senator Danboyi has pitched camp with the governor’s side and that makes it easy for him to now assume that the BOB group masterminded the mayhem of Tuesday.
“We state categorically here while it would have been better for the committee Chairman to avail himself with the true situation of events, we want to state that from his operations thus far, Senator John Danboi and his members are unfit to do any meaningful party registration and revalidation in the state.
“We, therefore, reject the committee in its entirety. But we must put on record here that BOB did not arrive at the venue of the meeting in the company of thugs or cultists. Again we want to challenge the chairman to confirm if there was no discussion between him and BOB where he told BOB not to worry about the attack on the venue of the meeting. He said he is on top of the matter since he has all the list of candidates, including that of the two Honourable Ministers Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, and that of BOB.
“From the foregoing, all lover of the truth will know that Governor Abduirahaman
Abdulrazak is really behind the crisis in the Kwara State chapter of APC.
Attendees at the press conference include; Engr Shaaba Umar (Wakil Lafiagi), Barr Sharafdeen Ibrahim, Alh. Alao, Barr. Iyiola Akogun, Dr. Beki among others