APC crisis deepens as Lai Mohammed, Saraki move against Kwara governor over caretaker list
- Some APC leaders in Kwara state have expressed dissatisfaction over the conduct of Governor AbdulRazaq
- The governor was accused of blocking the party's caretaker chairman from being sworn-in
- Iyiola Oyedepo, who is one of the party chieftains, said they would not allow APC to be destroyed in the state
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The crisis rocking the Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, December 10, took another twist as two of President Muhammadu Buhari's ministers kicked against the move by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to control the party.
Vanguard reports that the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, the minister of state for transportation, Gbemisola Saraki and other stakeholders in APC berated the governor for his efforts to stop Bashir Bolarinwa from being recognised as the chairman of the state caretaker committee.
Legit.ng gathered that the stakeholders, however, described Governor AbdulRazaq's actions as illegal, illogical and unacceptable.
A chieftain of the party in the state, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, who addressed the press conference in Ilorin, expressed concern that the governor had not invited Bolarinwa for the swearing-in ceremony that would take place in Abuja.
“The information at our disposal is that Governor AbdulRazaq has gone to the national headquarters of the party to urge the national caretaker committee to exempt Bolarinwa from the swearing-in ceremony on the ground that Kwara executive of 2018 was not a product of a congress.
“The weather-beaten claim of this group is that the Kwara state executive under Bolarinwa is a product of a congress. Nothing is farther from the truth.”
He added that members of other groups in the party were not carried along by the governor in his current decision despite the ongoing peace parley among them.
“The state executive committee of the party established in 2018 under Bolarinwa chairmanship was duly constituted by members of the party including the governor."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that APC in Kwara state boasted that it is very solid in the north-central state.
It was reported that the state chairman of the party, Bashir Bolarinwa, said this in Ilorin at a prayer organised in honour of the late former governor of the state, Mohammed Lawal.
Bolarinwa was making reference to the return of former Senate president Bukola Saraki to the state on Saturday, November 14.
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