By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The last may not have been heard about the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state as some members of the Caretaker Executives of the party in the state have expressed their rejection of the purported removal of Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa as the Chairman of the party in the state.
They alleged that the said letter of appointment being paraded by Alhaji Abdullahi Samari as the new Chairman of the party did not emanate from the
National Headquarters of APC.
Addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, the Caretaker Vice Chairman, Theophilous Oyebiyi, said Hon. Bolarinwa had consistently remained impeccable.
He said: “Hon Bolarinwa who led the party to 100 percent victory in the last general elections deserves to be
celebrated and greatly rewarded. He remains our state chairman. If all of
us had the equanimity of mind and character to work together for
victory at that time, why not now?
“The decision to embark on this unlawful route is said to be based on a purported suspension of Hon Bolarinwa by the state erstwhile executive. This is at best a wicked concoction and nothing can be farther from the truth.
“As erstwhile executives, we are not aware of any wrongdoing that would have warranted any enquiry let alone investigation and a far reaching
decision of suspending Hon. Bolarinwa as the state Chairman.
“Hon. Bolarinwa presided over our last three working committee meetings
of which all members attended on 16th, and 30th November 2020 and December
7, 2020. All records of those meetings are available. Where and when
did the suspension take place when NEC decision was on 8th December?
“It is unfortunate that the national body of our party will rely on any purported suspension as contained in Samari’s letter displayed in the social media. Neither did Hon. Bolarinwa see the petition, not to talk of defending himself if there was any.
“As progressives and members of a party that prides itself as respecter of the rule of law, it should be expected that we carry out due diligence at all times, respect our constitution, follow our rules
and be above board in dealing with all our party’s affairs.”