Kwara APC leaders veto verdict on removal of Bolarinwa as caretaker chairman

The Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has ruled out the purported removal of the state party Chairman, Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa by the National Caretaker Committee of the party.

The aggrieved members of the party led by Barr. Iyiola Oyedepo said that it is worth nothing more than the value of the paper on which the letter given to Hon Sanmari Abdulahi is written.

Shortly after meeting on Wednesday evening with the National Secretary of the party, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, Oyedepo announced to newsmen that the former told them that Bolarinwa has been ousted as the party chairman in the state, by giving a letter of appointment to his Deputy, Hon Samari Abdullahi.

It should be recalled that Hon Bashir Bolarinwa became the Chairman of Kwara APC in 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 last year.

He said: “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.”

Oyedepo explained further that the Secretary made them understood that the purported removal of Bolarinwa is not unconnected with the complaint of the Governor of Kwara State, His Excellency, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq.

“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,” he narrated.

The state chapter of the APC therefore appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to save the Party from the imminent destruction that the decision can engender in.

They also appeal to other party leaders to save the Party from what they described as a ‘deliberate journey to political perdition’.

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