By Steve Oni, Ilorin
Elected leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state have denounced the call for dissolution of their executives by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, saying that the ruling party remains intact in the state.
Addressing a news conference on Monday in Ilorin, the state capital, the Kwara South senatorial chairman of APC, Alhaji Jimoh Balogun, flanked by local government and ward chairmen as well as state secretary of the party, Christopher Ayeni, said that the state party executive, led by Hon. Ishola Balogun-Fulani, remained loyal to the party at the national level.
It is recalled that the minister had signed a communiqué where he said that the decision to request for the dissolution of Ishola Balogun-Fulani led executive committee of APC was taken at a stakeholders meeting held in Oro, Irepodun local government of the state on Sunday.
The APC senatorial chairman who said that the executive was committed to working assiduously to deliver electoral victory for the APC in the state come 2019 general elections, urged the national headquarters of the party to disregard the purported release by the minister.
He also enjoined all APC members in Kwara South senatorial district of the state, where the minister hails from, to disregard the said release and remain steadfast with the party, “as we prepare to win landslide for APC”.
Balogun, who said that members of the state executive committee of the APC had not left the party as being speculated in some quarters, added that members of the party always wait for directive from their political leader, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
He said that the members of the National Assembly from Kwara who defected to the PDP last week on the floor of their chambers did so on personal instances.
The party leader also said that events had overtaken a call by three senatorial chairmen of the party on the Senate President to take them out of APC, explaining that series of meetings had been held on grievances raised, adding that the outcome of those meetings was being awaited.
Balogun added : “That Lai Mohammed should know that all executives from the wards to the state level were duly elected under the supervision of the officials of the APC national headquarters with INEC officers in attendance, sworn in accordingly and had taken oath of office to serve for a tenure of four years (2018-2022)
“That we advise Lai Mohammed to join hands with the authentic elected APC executive in Kwara state led by Hon. Balogun Fulani as we prepare for 2019 general elections.
“That lai Mohammed is a Kwaran in diaspora with antic of surfacing during election period only.
“That Lai Mohammed did not vote in Kwara state during the presidential election that brought in President Muhammadu Buhari.
“That Lai Mohammed has contributed nothing to APC in Kwara state since he becomes federal minister.”