Stakeholders of the concerned youth of Kwara State All Progressives Congress on Thursday have reacted over the removal of Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa as chairman of the caretaker committee of the party.
The group expressed their grievances at a press conference in Ilorin, noting that it will disrupt the forthcoming party membership registration exercise in the state if the removal is not reversed.
The party youths depicted the removal as being unfair and undemocratic. It, therefore, called on Mai Mala Buni, the national caretaker committee of the party, to revoke the ruling in the interest of the people. The concerned youths also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to interfere in the issue before the state is set on fire.
Ahmed Ishowo’s spokesperson said the removal of Bolarinwa is a scheme that may likely return the state to dark days of a political impostor.
He noted that the suspension and subsequent removal of Bolarinwa from office on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, was without any previous appropriate instituted allegation following the party’s Constitution against him. He added that the Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who allegedly contended he could not work with Bolarinwa, recently acknowledged the party’s chairmanship.
The national caretaker committee suspended Bolarinwa and reinstated his deputy, Alhaji Samari Abdullahi.
According to the group, “It is sad that we are on the verge of deviation from our long walk to a politically free Kwara and highway leading to progress, and now we are on a journey to the direction of an abyss of anarchy.
“It is disheartening that Hon. Bolarinwa was removed from office without any issuance of letter of query but was done with a connivance of a single individual based on self ambition”.
“We wish to let the whole nation know that we find ourselves in a situation where the “soul of our collective struggle,” which was proudly christened as” O TO GE” (Enough is Enough) is being sacrificed in the most machevillan manner on the Altar of Politics of selfish interest and desire for more power by a handful few individuals and their collaborators in the corridors of power.”
They added that “Awaken to the unfathomable news that Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa, who was inaugurated and sworn into office as Caretaker Chairman of Kwara State State chapter of All Progressives Congress on December 11, 2020, has been suspended and subsequently removed from office on January 13, 2021, without any prior properly instituted allegation in accordance to our party’s Constitution against him to our shared knowledge.
“Even the Governor of Kwara State who allegedly claimed he could not work with Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa recently affirmed his chairmanship of the party after one of the several ruined attempts to desperately oust him failed.
” I hope you did not forget that, Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa was appointed into this same position by a resolution of the National Executive Council of the APC.
“It is quite interesting to note that the very council was Headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, who was present physically when all the deliberations and decisions were being made. We wish to also remind you that as one of the highpoints of the meeting, it was unanimously agreed that all dissolved State Executive Councils at State levels should be returned in Caretaker capacities to administer the affairs of the party and prepare the grounds for the party’s next convention where new leadership will be installed.
“We had hoped and expected every politician of conscience worth his or her onions will play by the rules to ensure a popular party leadership is installed at the conventions.
” We are however estranged when another letter surfaced on social media purportedly appointing Hon. Abdullahi Samari as Kwara APC Caretaker Chairman, allegedly because “Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq claimed he is not comfortable working with Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa”, which resulted in his governor colleagues using an unknown North Central veto to flagrantly rubbish the resolutions of the National Executive Council of the APC, and in fact nullify as it were, the decision of the NEC, which consists of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The group further noted that “we want the national caretaker committee of APC to know that the forthcoming membership registration will not take place in Kwara state until they rescind its decision over the illegal removal of Hon Bolarinwa as the state caretaker chairman of APC.”