Genuine reconciliation foremost in our mind, Fagbemi, Kwara APC chair

By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

The new Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state, Prince Sunday Fagbemi, has stated that the perceived crisis within the party in the state exists only in the imagination of those that think so.

Fagbemi told journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, on the sidelines of a forum organised by the Kwara South APC leaders/stakeholders to appreciate Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Prince Fagbemi’s emergence as the state APC chairman.

He said: “The perceived crisis rocking the APC in Kwara state is in the mind of those that believe that there is crisis. Thank God that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has denounced his participation in any parallel congress in the last Saturday APC state congress.

“Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa that was supposed to have been elected at the
parallel congress had also denounced his participation in any parallel
congress. That means the question of crisis in the party is a figment
of the imagination of those that said there is crisis.

“However, shortly after my emergence as the state APC chair, I said
what is foremost in our mind is genuine reconciliation. We know that
we cannot do it alone. We want all hands to be on deck, but at the same
we will do all that is humanly possible to bring everybody on board.

“And at our familiarization meeting, I have asked everyone to reach
out to those that they feel are aggrieved and parley with them. We
have all worked together before, there is no reason why we cannot work together again.

“We are appealing to those people that feel aggrieved to follow the processes that the party has put down for the resolution of these differences rather than going to court; rather than wanting to destroy the house they have helped to build. There is the need for every hand to be on deck, because by the special grace of God, we will not want anybody to return us to Egypt.”

On the clamour by the Kwara North zone to produce the next governor of
the state, Prince Fagbemi said that every aspiration must be within
the ambit of the law and party’s constitution.

He said: “Since the beginning of creation, human beings have always
craved for the good things of life. Since Kwara state is our common
inheritance, nobody will be disallowed from aspiring to any position
in the state. There are processes in which everyone can propagate his
ambition within the ambit of the law and APC constitution.

“But in this administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, there
will be principles of fairness, equity, justice and good conscience.
With this everybody will allowed to ventilate his or her ambition but
it must be a healthy one.”

The APC leaders/stakeholders in Kwara South, who spoke through Chief James Ayeni, lauded Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Fagbemi’s election and the administration’s dividends of democracy in their zone, said: “We are still pleading to your Excellency to please consider our worthy Sons and Daughters for more political appointments, and in your future employment opportunities and to also hep repair the dilapidated roads in the zone.

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