By Emmanuel Mogbede
The National Working Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dissolved the Kwara State Executive of the party, finally breaking the control of Senate President Bukola Saraki on the party affairs in the state.
The party’s National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole and its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni announced this on Monday in Abuja after the NWC meeting.
The party said a caretaker committee to be led by Bashir Bolarinwa shall be appointed to head the state Executive Committee.
The caretaker committees would also be constituted in the wards and local government areas of the state.
“The 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.
“The committee also reviewed the actions of some of the leaders of the party that emerged from the above congresses who participated in an open rally calling on the Senate President to decamp to the PDP,” the resolution said.
The party added that after a careful and exhaustive deliberation on the issues and other developments in the party’s Kwara chapter, the NWC invoked its constitutional power to dissolve all the state’s organs.
This it added, was in pursuant to the provisions of article 13.4 (xvi) and (xvii) of the party’s Constitution.
Section 13.4, subsection xvii, of the APC constitution says:
“The National Working Committee shall have the power to set up a caretaker committee in place of any organ where there exists in the opinion of the National Working Committee a lacunae by virtue of any act or omission done in furtherance of this Constitution and
Sub section xvii says further: Any such Caretaker Committee so set up shall have a defined tenure and renewable upon a further review by the National Executive Committee.
According to the resolution, the appointment of Bolarinwa as the chairman of the caretaker committee of the state executive committee shall take immediate effect.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who hinted about today’s action in Oro on Sunday said there is no going back on delivering Kwara to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The minister, in a statement he personally issued in Abuja on Monday, said the APC members and supporters in Kwara were determined to strengthen the party.
He said the party would open its doors to hordes of those willing to join and reposition it ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The minister noted that with the defection of the APC members in the National Assembly, the “ wheat had been separated from the chaff.’’
Responding to a statement made by one Alhaji Jimoh Balogun at a press conference in Ilorin, Mohammed said the new leadership of APC in Kwara would not cede the state to double agents.
He said the challenge by Balogun to his membership of and contributions to the APC was inconsequential.
“The issue of my membership of the APC, as well as my contributions to the growth of the party in Kwara and indeed in Nigeria as a whole, is settled and not subject to any contestation.
“For those who may be engaging in mischief over this, the massive turnout of APC members and supporters to welcome me during my trip home this past weekend for a stakeholders’ consultative meeting should serve as ample confirmation.
“The truth is that those who are making this allegation are the ones who need to validate their membership of our great party since they have left no one in any doubt about their status as ‘double agents’.
“Alhaji Balogun is one of the three Kwara Senatorial Chairmen who recently called on their leader to take them out of the APC.
“As far as our members are concerned, these Janus-faced people are just waiting to crash the APC in Kwara before they escape to the other side,” he said.
The minister said his critics were rattled because of the decision not to allow them to actualise their nefarious plan.
He reiterated Sunday ’s resolution of APC stakeholders in the state calling for the immediate dissolution of the party’s current executive committee and conduct of new congresses at all levels.
The minister said the stakeholders insist on their resolution that those who got various appointments under the pretext of being APC members should resign immediately or be sacked.