The federal government has directed all the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state in the camp of the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, holding various federal government appointments to resign immediately or risk being sacked. Recall that six members of the house of representatives from Kwara state were among those who dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)during the week.
Minister of Information and culture, Alh Lai Mohammed who gave the directive at a press conference in his country, home, Oro in Irepodun local government area of Kwara state on Sunday also expressed the intention of the federal government to dissolve, the Senator Bukola Saraki led All Progressives Congress (APC)in Kwara state under the chairmanship of Alh Ishola Balogun Fulani earlier adopted by the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole and conduct another congress.
The minister said the new development was as a result of the wide consultations with all the stakeholders in the state, since Friday, which climaxed yesterday. Alh Mohammed explained that there would be another Congress from the ward, till the state that would produce another leadership in the state, saying that pending that time, Alh Bashir Bolarinwa’s leadership would hold sway in the state.
He stressed that it is unacceptable that members of the party who refused to desert the party would not benefit from the government, while those who have decamped to other political parties would still hold on to the political appointment of a party they have dumped. He, therefore, warned that if they fail to resign from the appointments as directed, the federal government would sack all of them unannounced.
The minister, who said that the consultation’s that led to the directives in Kwara state was with the knowledge of the national chairman of the ruling party Comrade Adams Oshiomole urged members of the party in the state to remain calm. He, however, noted that the doors of the party are widely opened to members who are willing to return to the party.
The minister also exuded confidence that the ruling All Progressives Congress would win the gubernatorial election in the state in 2019 election, adding that the electorates will also vote overwhelmingly for the reelection of President Muhammad Buhari and his vice Professor Yemi Osibajo. He added that the resolution of the party would be made known to the national leadership of the party, who would also decide the date of a new convention for the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
According to him,”For six members of the house of representatives to decamp from All Progressives Congress in Kwara state, to other political parties, we don’t need a rocket science to know, that all of them are no longer with us. “They cannot continue to enjoy the political appointment of a party they have dumped, while those who are our genuine members, still in the party don’t have such benefits”.
The statement issued by the Minister read thus,”A meeting of stakeholders in Kwara State, held at Oro, on Sunday, 29 July 2018, resolved as follows:
1). That the Balogun Fulani-led Kwara APC executive committee be immediately dissolved and a fresh congress that will include all Kwara APC members and those who are just coming into the party be held at the various levels to constitute a new executive.
2). That all those who got appointments by deceit, hiding under the facade of being party men and women, should immediately resign such appointments or be fired.
3). That the recent gale of defections has now put the APC in a position of true majority in the National Assembly, as those who remain are the ones who are truly committed to the ideals of our great Party
4). That all members and supporters of our great party restate their unflinching support for President Muhammadu Buhari and assure him of a harvest of votes from Kwara State in the 2019 General Elections.
5) That all members should remain calm because there is no cause for alarm “