THE ROAD TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS IN KWARA STATE
Being the text of the press statement made by the Critical Stakeholders of All Progressive Congress (APC) at the National Secretariat of APC on the purported removal of HON BASHIR OMOLAJA BOLARINWA on the 13th day of January 2021.
Gentlemen of the press, we heard it as a rumour until we came face to face with the Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee of the APC, Distinguished Senator John Akpanudoedehe on the 12th day of January 2021. It was the Secretary that told us that APC has dethroned our Chairman, Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa on the 11th of January 2021, by giving a letter of appointment to his Deputy, Hon Samari Abdullahi. It should be recalled that Hon Bashir Bolarinwa became the Chairman of APC October,2018 and he led the Party to 100% victory in the 2019 general elections. He along with other State Chairmen of APC in Nigeria was sworn-in as the Kwara State Chairman of the Caretaker Committee on 11th December 2020.
WHY WAS THE CHAIRMAN PURPORTEDLY REMOVED?
The Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee told us that the Chairman is said to have been removed on the complaint of the Governor of Kwara State, His Excellency, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak as he claimed that he could not work with the former. The complaint was sustained and made a subject of removal as a result of a connivance between the Governor of Kwara State and his Niger State counterpart and friend, His Excellency, Sanni Bello. The content of the complaints was not made available, neither to the Critical Stakeholders of the Party in Kwara State nor to the Chairman, Hon Bolarinwa. The decision of the Caretaker Committee was said to be based on the recommendations of the North Central Zone of the Party, under the Chairmanship of HE Sanni Bello. Governor Sanni Bello was said to have recommended that the authentic Chairman of the Party should be removed and be made a Commissioner in the cabinet of Kwara State. He also recommended that Abdullai Sanmari, the crony of the Governor of Kwara State and the leader of Abdulrahman Splinter AA group within Kwara APC, be made the Caretaker Chairman. With this recommendation, the smallest of the four tendencies that formed the new APC after the exit of Dr Bukola Saraki is now given a political edge that can never work. The whole thing appears to be a ploy by the National leadership of the APC to save their unpopular friend from political drowning at the coming congresses of the party in Kwara State.
THE COMPLICITY OF THE NATIONAL CARETAKER COMMITTEE
We found it difficult to believe that the leadership of a National Political Party like the APC will flagrantly abuse its constitution by the purported removal of our State Chairman. It is not written anywhere in the Constitution of APC that a zone of the Party like the North Central Zone, can recommend to the National Secretariat for the removal of any officer of the Party in any ward, Local Government and the State? Does the North Central zone know what goes on in Kwara State? Has the North Central Zone conducted diligent inquiry on events in the APC of Kwara State to have been in position to make any form of recommendation about the party in the State? If the Governors decide in solidarity with one another to abuse the constitution, it is our belief that the body that has the duty to uphold the sanctity of our Constitution should be the National Executive of the Party. And really this is an Executive whose leadership had been visited by the Kwara State Stakeholders of the Party in October 2020. The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee on the occasion of that visit undertook to convene the meeting of both sides to the crisis with a view for an amicable reconciliation. Until the time of the illegal and unacceptable removal of our State Chairman of the party, the National Caretaker Chairman never convened any reconciliatory meeting. Yet reconciliation is the cardinal assignment given to the National Caretaker Committee on its inauguration. But the same Chairman has now jumped into the arena to remove the State Chairman to protect the hollow interests of his colleague Governor of Kwara State. Which direction is this Party going in Nigeria and specifically in Kwara State?
The only reason adduced by HE, Sanni Bello Committee for the purported removal of our state Chairman of the party is the inability of the Governor to work with the Chairman who in fact cleared the way for him when it was even obvious that he did not win the primary election to qualify him as the gubernatorial candidate of the Party in 2018. A person that the Governor cannot work with is now recommended by Governor Bello to be made a Commissioner by the Governor of Kwara State in a Government where Commissioners are mere errand boys. Where therefore is the logic of this recommendation? Yet the leadership of the Party acted on this illogical recommendation without the required consultations. Democracy where are you?
We have resolved to reject the verdict of the National Caretaker Committee on the purported removal of Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa. It is worth nothing more than the value of the paper on which the letter given to Hon Sanmari Abdulahi is written. It certainly shall not work in Kwara State no matter who is behind it. Though when we told the Secretary that the decision could sink the party in the state, he said they really do not care. And he repeated during the conversation more than five times that he was acting under the instructions of the Chairman HE, Mai Mala Buni. We shall prove to those that aborted the peoples’ revolution foisting on our party the present situation since 2018 that Kwara is not an appendage of any outside power conspiracy. They continue to compromise our noble cause with these unacceptable decisions and we shall henceforth prove to those that are not popular at home but rather rely on political manipulations from outside that, the game is up.
Firstly, we appeal to Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to save the Party from the imminent destruction that this decision can engender in Kwara State. We also appeal to the leaders of integrity and goodwill in the Party to save this Party from this deliberate journey to political perdition. We appeal to our teeming supporters for calm and that they should remain steadfast, resolute and continue to support this historical cause once again. We should know that it is not over, until it is finally over.
1. Chief T. A. Sunday Oyebiyi
2. Akogun Iyoola Oyedepo
3. Engr. Umaru Sha’aba
4. Isa Bio Ibrahim
5. Barr. Ladi Mustapha
6. M. T. Mamman
7. Akande Adefila
8. Hon. Saheed Popoola
9. Prof. Shuaib Abdulraheem
10. Senator Ahmed Zuruk
11. Alhaji Lukman Mustapha
12. Alhaji Waziri Olayiwola Gobir
13. Alhaji Saliu Mustapha
14. Alhaji S. Y. Abdullahi
15. Alhaji Tajudeen Audu
16. Alhaji Akeem Lawal
17. Alhaji Bolaji Jimoh
18. Capt. (Rtd) Nasiru Mohammed Efuman
19. H. B. OyedepoE