Kwara APC factions threaten showdown over party chairmanship

A faction of the Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress loyal to Bashir Bolarinwa, has rejected the decision of the party’s National Caretaker Committee removing him from office as state chairman.

A delegation of party supporters from the state, stormed the APC National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Wednesday to demand that the decision be rescinded.

Leader of the delegation Akogun Oyedepo, who addressed a media briefing at the party secretariat, on Wednesday evening alleged that they were informed that Bolarinwa’s purported removal was orchestrated by the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

He alleged that the National Secretary of the APC, Senator John Akpanudeodehe, informed them of the decision to remove Bolarinwa to please the governor who was uncomfortable with him.

Oyedepo said, “We have resolved to reject the verdict of the National Caretaker Committee on the purported removal of Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa.

“It is worth nothing more than the value of the paper on which the letter given to Sanmari Abdullahi is written.

“It certainly shall not work in Kwara State no matter who is behind it. Though when we told the (national) secretary that the decision could sink the party in the state, he said they really do not care.”

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However, a loyalist of the Kwara State governor, Kunle Sulaiman, denied the charges against the governor.

He said, “Their claim is far from the truth. We are already in Abuja, about 11 of us trying to reach the national chairman. We heard they are there and we don’t want a clash. You will see the real Kwara party leaders and stakeholders when we meet the chairman. We stand by the decision of the NWC on the appointment of Abdullahi Samari as caretaker chairman.”

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