The All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Stakeholders, Kwara South Caucus have accused Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of introducing agents of destruction into the State Chapter of the party.
The APC Youth Stakeholders Kwara South Caucus at a press conference held at Kwara APC Secretariat, Ilorin on Friday said Abdulrazaq has connived with the Senator Danboyi-led Membership Registration Committee to deregister thousands of party faithful across the state.
They therefore aligned with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the call for cancellation of APC Membership Registration in Kwara State.
”We need to inform you that before Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, came into Kwara State for his revalidation process, we had consistently been intimating his office of a situation where loyal supporters of the APC were being selectively deregistered and disenfranchised by the individuals saddled with the task of registration. A day before he proceeded to Oro, his native hometown to revalidate his registration, a meeting was held in which the Hon. Minister was confronted with a compilation of various pictures and videos of violations of the APC registration Protocol.” The Caucus explained.
”It became clear that in a bid to desperately secure a second term in office for the incumbent Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, his own tendency in the APC Kwara State, which is the weakest of the four tendencies, would go ahead to deregister and disenfranchise as many loyal party members as possible. This is being done so that in the event of a congress, the Governor will have the superior numbers because by then all those who are likely to compete with him in any way would have been eased out of the APC via this exercise.”
The group noted that the foolscap sheet usage and target release of registration materials at some party leaders/stakeholders polling unit are smokescreen to cover ongoing illegality in Kwara state.
The group questioned how the registration officials plan to capture signature/fingerprint of members as provided in APC Membership Registration form with the ongoing registration format in over 1000 polling units across the state.
The group also dismissed recent calls for the removal of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed by Kwara Governor’s loyalists, describing as political desperation taken too far.
We were not surprised, as many of them were not on our side of the political struggle, when Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa brought together all the tendencies of the party and various leaders of conscience, to execute the most daring Political Revolution Nigeria and Africa has ever seen.
Gentlemen of the Press, anyone claiming that the current APC Registration and Revalidation Exercise in Kwara State was peaceful, orderly and achieving the desired results, “is simply trying to place a wig upon a vulture”. We today foresee a situation where APC as a party is being prepared for failure in future elections in Kwara State.
Fellow Nigerians, it was the weight, sophistication and undeniable status of the evidences shown to the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture which informed his statements calling for the cancellation of the APC Registration and Revalidation Exercise in Kwara State.
In view of the manners in which the faction of the APC in Kwara State loyal to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is attacking the Hon. Minister and calling for his removal, we regret to state that the time has now come to show to the whole nation; the good, the bad and the ugly about the entire Registration Exercise in Kwara State.
We want Nigerians to see and judge for themselves, if such a sacrilege should be upheld or another new registration exercise should be done in Kwara State.
Gentlemen of the Press, is it an offence for a serving Minister to call for the cancellation of an exercise being fraudulently carried out? Is there any law against the Minister expressing his speech and thoughts on a very sensitive matter after seeing physical evidences? Kwarans and Nigerians as a whole ought to ask Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq why he is so much in a hurry to secure a second term in office, while he is yet 1 year 8 months and some days in office. Kwarans and indeed Nigerians as a whole need to ask him, if that position is worth the destabilisation of the peace and tranquility of Kwara State?
Gentlemen of the Press, we need to state for the record that members of the so called “Kwara South APC Youth Stakeholders” are nothing but “illegitimate sons” smuggled into our midst through the backdoor, just as every other steps that our Governor has taken in the past as been through the backdoor. We condemn and reject all these agents of destruction masquerading as members of our Party.