APC goes after Saraki, sacks Kwara party leader

The National Working Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dissolved the Kwara State Executive of the party loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki.

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The dissolution was announced in a resolution signed by the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, on Monday in Abuja after the NWC meeting.

The dissolved party leadership is loyal to Mr Saraki, and the state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Messrs Saraki and Ahmed have not formally defected from the APC, but are believed to be on their way out.

Mr Saraki last week supervised the defection of 14 senators from the APC. Majority of them, including the other two senators from Kwara, joined the main opposition party, PDP.

Mr Ahmed, who in 2011 took over from Mr Saraki as Kwara governor, also said last week that he could soon leave the APC. Both men are expected to join the PDP.

Earlier this month, PREMIUM TIMES published how the Kwara APC leadership pledged total loyalty to Mr Saraki.

In a statement by its now sacked chairman, Ishola Fulani, the Kwara APC also said it believes the “bond of unity and cohesion in the APC has been weakened, damaged, fractured and severed.”

On Monday, the APC national leadership said a caretaker committee to be led by Bashir Bolarinwa shall be appointed to head the Kwara State executive committee of the party.

It added that caretaker committees would also be constituted in the wards and local government areas of the state.

“The NWC at its meeting of 30th July, 2018, examined the unfolding developments within the party in Kwara State,” the party stated.

“Specifically, the irregularities that characterised the conduct and outcome of the congresses that produced the leadership of the party at all levels.

“The committee also reviewed the actions of some of the leaders of the party that emerged from the above congresses who participated in an open rally calling on the Senate President to decamp to the PDP,” the resolution said.

Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, acknowledging cheers from party faithful during stakeholders meeting at State Banquet Hall, Ilorin.
It added that after a careful and exhaustive deliberation on the issues and other developments in the party’s Kwara chapter, the NWC invoked its constitutional power to dissolve all the state’s organs.

This it added, was in pursuant to the provisions of article 13.4 (xvi) and (xvii) of the party’s Constitution.

According to the resolution, the appointment of Mr Bolarinwa as the chairman of the caretaker committee of the state executive committee shall take immediate effect.

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