The fight within the Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC escalated over the weekend with the faction opposed to the governor lambasting his management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group in a statement particularly faulted the comment of Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq in which he condemned the use of a rickety vehicle as an ambulance for COVID-19 patients.
The flak from the faction identified as the Kwara APC Integrity Vanguards, KAIV follows the split in loyalties between Governor Abdulrazaq and the minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was the undisputed leader of the party prior to the advent of the governor.
The KAIV particularly took umbrage that the aim of the uprising against the Saraki dynasty had been defeated with what it condemned as the failures of the Abdulrazaq administration.
The statement on behalf of the group by Alhaji Abdullahi Yinka Onimada, National Coordinator and Comrade Aliyu Kayode, Secretary-General; read in part:
“As a group of progressive individuals within the circle of the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress in Kwara State, we feel heavily disturbed and highly disappointed that all these incompetence, cluelessness in experience and insensitivity are coming to public glare at a time when our government will soon be celebrating one year of the inauguration in office.https://gwg.ng/2020/03/03/kwara-apc-crisis-lai-mohammeds-men-hit-back-at-gov-abdulrazaq/embed/#?secret=bOnfdMaOcS
“This we feel should be a point of concern to every right-thinking APC member in Kwara state and the top hierarchy of the party in Abuja who were part of the struggle for the emancipation of the state from the grip of the long years of the Saraki dynasty. As a progressive group, we will not keep mum while watching one unmerited opportunist who was only imposed by Abuja cabals against the popular wish of the people and stakeholders in APC.
“It is on this note we want to make it very clear to Kwara people that the maladministration and misgovernance they are observing today in the state is a total deviation from the mantra of Otoge movement which symbolises the reasons for mass movements of Kwara progressives into APC shortly before the last 2019 general elections
“It is evident today that if the party’s primaries had been left uninfluenced to produce one among the likes of Professor Oba Abdulraheem, the young and vibrant Honorable Hakeem Lawal, Honorable Moshood Mustapha, Mallam Gobir Sulyman , Lukman Mustapha, etc who are proven to be scholars and people of sound intellects, Kwara state would have moved in tandem with lay down visions of the progressives who moved en mass to APC to dislodge the Saraki dynasty.
“The Abuja cabals who were responsible for the imposition of the Mallam Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq on APC Kwara should, therefore, be held responsible if anything goes wrong with APC in Kwara state as we have projected in our letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“On a final note, as a group, we hail the guts of Honorable Saheed Popoola, Comrade Musbau Eshinrogunjo, and that of Chief Iyiola Oyedepo Akogun who had summoned courage to speak up against the current embarrassment we call our government.
“We encourage other stakeholders in the party to continue to speak against Abdulrahaman misgovernance so that posterity will judge the party right at any time when Kwarans demand an account of our individual roles.”