Kwara APC crisis: Warring factions lay claims to leadership

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Warring factions of the All Progressive Congress in Kwara state took their dispute to the public domain on Tuesday with each of the groups laying claims to the leadership of the party in the State.

Speaking on Channels Television Prime time programme, Politics Today, A chieftain of the party, Oyedepo Akogun said the Chairman of the party remained Bashir Bolarinwa going by the directive of the National organ of the party which said the leadership should be status quo ante, pending the resolution by the zonal leadership of the party.

But a lawmaker, Senator Sadiq Umar who is a loyalist of the governor  believed the reverse was the directive by the party. He said, Bolarinwa’s deputy, Abdullahi Samari remained the Chairman of the party in the state

Umar, the senator representing Kwara North Senatorial District  also said that nobody can stop Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, from seeking re-election in 2023.

“Honestly speaking, nobody can stop the governor and almost everybody knows that, including those who disagree with him,” the lawmaker said.

“I can tell you that authoritatively that out of six House of Representatives (members), five of them are with the governor, out of 24 House of Assembly members, 22 are with the governor.”

The federal lawmaker also reacted to report that governor behind the purported removal of the party’s Chairman, Omolaja Bolarinwa.

He said contrary to insinuations in some quarters, Governor AbdulRazaq was not behind Bolarinwa’s removal as the party’s chief.

“No, I don’t think the governor is responsible. It is the party’s followers, citizens, elders, stakeholders. In fact, everyone in the state is worried that we have two leaders in a state.

The senator’s remarks come hours after APC lawmakers in Kwara State supported the suspension of Bolarinwa.

The lawmakers made up of members of the State House of Assembly and their National Assembly counterparts said Bolarinwa’s sack was long overdue.

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