A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state has fumed over the inclusion of Senator Khairat Gwadabe in appeal committee.
The party recently set up a 61-member national revalidation/appeal committee due to the registration and revalidation exercise led by Senator John Danboi engulfed with crisis, leading to the rejection of the exercise by factions of the APC.
The membership registration exercise of the All Progressive Congress (APC) turned violent on Wednesday, February 3, in Kwara State as members of two factions of the party clashed violently in Ilorin.
Dovetailing its reason in a statement, spokesperson of the group known as Integrity Group, Comrade Abdulrahoof Bello said that the appointment of Hajia Gwadabe is an attempt to undermine democratic values.
“If the objective of the 61-member appeal committee is to rectify injustice that arose from the controversial membership registration and revalidation exercise in the state, then Hajia Gwadabe is unsuitable, otherwise the noble mission of the committee stands defeated on arrival,” he said.
According to Bello, Senator Gwadabe is the elder sister of Kwara State Governor AbdulRaman Abdulrazaq.
“On good authority, the appointment of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s sister was a subterfuge to reincarnate the odious godfather politics already rejected by Kwarans with the popular votes given to our party in 2019 general elections.
“As far as APC constitution allows us, if the national caretaker feels that it is only Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and his family members alone that it could work with, then we need no soothsayer to predict that the APC is facing a prospect of self-immolation,” he added.
TOS News gathered that the protracted crisis of APC in Kwara worsened after the removal of Bashir Bolarinwa as the party chairman by the national caretaker committee of the party led by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.
A group belonging to the Information Minister, Layi Mohammed has also accused Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to have formed his cabinet to the exclusion of its members.
Bigwigs in the group led by Mohammed are Gbemisola Saraki, a serving Minister of State of Transportation, former Majority Leader of the state’s House of Assembly, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, former Chairman, Federal Character Commission, Professor AbdulRaheem Oba, among others. On the side of the governor are former Senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District, Suleiman Makanjuola Ajadi, former Leader, state House of Assembly, Chief Stephen Wole Oke, former Chairman of Ifelodun Local Government Area (LGA), Chief Rex Olawoye, among others