A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kwara State chapter has kicked against the choice of Senator Mohammed Ohiare as the congress chairman for the party in the state over allegations of bias.
In a statement issued after an ordinary meeting of the stakeholders of the party on Thursday by the factional chairman, Hon. Olayemi Olabanji in Ilorin, the meeting diagnosed a number of issues bordering on the status of the party and congresses.
“We were able to pull together former national assembly members, former state executive cabinet members, gubernatorial aspirants and relevant stakeholders of the party on Thursday, where we discussed on wide range of issues that can return the party to the path of honour and sustain its acceptability by all and sundry in Kwara State.
“Chief among our observations is the appointment of Senator Mohammed Ohiare as the Chairman of the Congress Committee to supervise the exercise in Kwara State where he tends toward a side.
“Senator Ohiare is a known political ally of Senator Bukola Saraki who has always flaunted his preference and allegiance to Senator Saraki over time. We can conveniently say that Senator Saraki whose ally will supervise the congresses in Kwara State is a just a leader of a faction of the party.
“The outgoing national executive of the party which we have always communicated on the unhealthy state of the party in Kwara State appears not to be bothered when it pushed someone like Senator Mohammed Ohiare to Kwara State again.
“We had earlier rejected the inclusion of Mr. Kawu Baraje on the convention committee when we knew as a member of a faction in Kwara State will never be fair in his submission at that level. We therefore reject Senator Ohiare and other members of his committee and we request for immediate replacement of those earlier chosen.”
The enlarged stakeholders forum according to the former national assembly member decried the undemocratic posture of the national secretariat of the party when it handed nomination forms to a faction of the party.
“We are deeply touched by the display of lack of internal democracy and respect for democratic tenets by the Balogun Fulani led executive that prevented majority of party members from obtaining nomination forms.
“Majority of party members willing to contest for one office or the other were deliberately denied when they met two officials at the secretariat. Those officers who turned them back are Chief Bode Adekanye and Mr. Tunji Buhari.
“As we have always maintained that you can’t build something on nothing; this congress can’t stand and we call for it total cancellation in Kwara State.” He said.
Hon. Olayemi Olabanji
All Progressives Congress (APC),
Kwara State Chapter,