Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress sunk deeper in its protracted crisis on Thursday following the suspension of 11 party loyalists belonging to the faction of the party loyal to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.
A letter of suspension signed by the National Secretary, Caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Senator James Akpanudoedehe was addressed to Kwara state chairman, Abdullahi Abubakar.
Those affected by the suspension were Joseph Tsado, Bamidele Ogunbayo, Issa Fulani, Imam Abdulkadir, Morufu Yusuf, Saludeen Lukman, Kerebu Fatai, Bola Ajani, Nurudeen Fasasi, Salman Shehu Babatunde and Abdullateef Kolawole.
However, Lai Mohammed’s group claimed none of the affected persons had received the letter of suspension.
The Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee in the state, Alhaji Abdullahi Samari confirmed the suspension.
The Vice Chairman of APC and Senatorial Chairman for Kwara North, Chief Sunday Oyebiyi, who belongs to the Minister’s camp said that none of the affected persons had received the letter in question.
Oyebiyi said “The suspension of our members by the NEC/Convention planning committee is a rumour; it is a social media story. I cannot confirm it because none of those mentioned in the report has been served with the letter of suspension.”
However, the state party Chairman, Alhaji Samari said, “The suspension of the 11 members is true. Although we received the letter from the National Secretariat, we have not implemented it because we are working out reconciliation within the party.”
TOS News gathered that the suspended party members were alleged to have dragged the party to court over the alleged removal of Bashir Bolarinwa, the former state