Executive committee members of the Kwara State Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress, on Monday, rejected the purported sack of Bashir Bolarinwa as the party caretaker chairman.
The former state deputy chairman, Abdullahi Samari, had been appointed by the Mai-Mala Buni-led National Caretaker Committee of the APC, as Bolarinwa’s replacement.
A letter of appointment being paraded by Samari on the social media did not emanate from the APC National Secretariat, in Abuja, members of the state executive alleged.
Addressing a press conference in Ilorin, the state capital, the caretaker Vice Chairman, Theophilous Oyebiyi, while declaring their loyalty to Bolarinwa said, “Hon Bolarinwa who led the party to 100 per cent victory in the last general elections deserves to be celebrated and greatly rewarded. He remains our state chairman. All of us had the equanimity of mind and character to work together for victory at that time… why not now?”
He further said, “As erstwhile (members of the) exco, we are not aware of any wrongdoing that would have warranted any enquiry, let alone investigation and a far-reaching decision of suspending Hon Bolarinwa as the state chairman.
“Hon Bolarinwa presided over our last three working committee meetings of which all members attended on 16th, 30th November 2020 and December 7th, 2020. All records of those meetings are available. Where and when did the suspension take place when the NEC decision was on 8th December?”
He explained that it would be unfortunate for the national leadership of the party to act on Bolarinwa’s purported suspension without proper investigation.
Oyebiyi said, “As progressives and members of a party that prides itself as respecter of the rule of law, it should be expected that we carry out due diligence at all times, respect our constitution, follow our rules and be above board in dealing with all our party’s affairs.”161