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Oshiomhole Sacks All Kwara APC Leadership Loyal To Saraki

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday dissolved the executive committee of the party in Kwara State.

The decision was taken by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), which also asked a caretaker committee led by Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa to run the party pending the election of new leaders.

The dissolved exco is loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Caretaker committees will be appointed at the ward and local government levels.
The former leadership was led by Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani.

It was learnt that the decision was taken because of alleged disloyalty by the Balogun-Fulani led APC executive.

The Nation gathered that the step became necessary to prevent Saraki from “hijacking” the party’s candidates who will be elected at the primaries of APC.

With the development, the party has been handed over to those led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Mohammed and stakeholders on Sunday, at a meeting in Oro, called for the dissolution of the former executive.

A statement by APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and National Secretary Mai Mala Buni said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) at its meeting of 30th July 2018 examined the unfolding developments within the party in Kwara State, specifically the irregularities that characterised the conduct and outcome of the Congresses that produced the leadership of the party at all levels (Ward, Local Government and State).

“The committee also reviewed the actions of some leaders of the party that emerged from the above congress who participated in an open rally calling on the Senate President to defect to the PDP

“The National Working Committee, after a careful and exhaustive deliberation on this and other developments in the State Chapter of the party, and pursuant to the provisions of Article 13.4(xvi) and (xvii) of the party’s constitution invoked its power as enshrined therein and hereby resolves as follows:

“To dissolve all party organs from Ward, Local Government and State Executive of the party in Kwara State.

“To constitute Caretaker Committee at all levels of the party organ at: (a) Ward, (b) Local Government; and (c ) State Executive Committees of the All progressives Congress in Kwara State.

“That Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa shall and is hereby appointed as the chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the State Executive Committee of APC in Kwara State.

“That this shall take immediate effect.”

A top source in the party said: “It is evident that Senate President Bukola Saraki is defecting to the PDP with his supporters. He cannot approbate and reprobate at the same time. We are therefore calling a spade a spade.

“The dissolved APC executive council is loyal to Saraki. Their plot is to influence the primaries of our party in Kwara State and make sure they impose candidates on us.

“To start the process, the sacked APC leadership, in an apparent show of indiscipline, was part of those who asked Saraki to defect to PDP. We will not tolerate brigandage.”