By Steve Oni, Ilorin
No respite yet for the Kwara state All Progressives Congress (APC), as the Elders Caucus of the party in the state has rejected the newly constituted Caretaker Committee of the party under the leadership of Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa (BOB), saying that a Caretaker Committee cannot succeed another one.
The party’s elder caucus comprising Rev Bunmi Olusona, Senator Oyewo, Senator Mohammed Ahmed, Hon Ayinla Folorunsho and Senator Makanjuola Ajadi, among others, stated this at a press conference in Ilorin on Sunday .
According to the Spokesman of the Caucus, Rev Bunmi Olusona, the elders also condemned in strong terms, the deliberate dragging of the name of the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq into the crisis by some members of the party ,”to please their sponsors in Abuja.”
He said: “We are aware of all the various inglorious moves by those who are only loyal to their personal interests and ambition than the survival of the party, these crops of party supporters want to take us back to the era of slavery, that we all collectively said O to ge. We refused to be enslaved again.”
Olusona, while warning that the party and the state do not wish to be returned to dark age, said “our collective desire as a people and party transcends anyone’s political and financial desires.
“We are by this position calling on the national caretaker committee that Kwara’s dissolved executive was a caretaker one and this had on several occasions been complained against via representation of papers immediately after the election because of the lopsided constitution of the caretaker.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, our great party’s NEC resolution for dissolved executives to transform to caretaker automatically should only be binding on substantive party executives produced by congress only, Kwara state party executive was a caretaker committee and can’t be dissolved and sworn in again as a caretaker executive.
“We hereby call for fresh constitution of Kwara Caretaker Committee that will put in place through Congress, a proper state party executive that will reflect true democracy and guarantee continuous support of APC by Kwarans.
“The national caretaker should also appoint men of honour that will not contest, as caretaker committee members for Kwara State.”