APC Congress: Group opposes consensus arrangement
Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin
A group within the Kwara All Progressives Congress Party, APC, known as the Integrity Group, at the weekend, opposed the consensus arrangements being proposed by a faction for the forthcoming congresses of the party in the state.
The spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Rahoof Bello, while addressing reporters in Ilorin, expressed the displeasure of the group in consensus arrangement demanding direct primaries in the upcoming congress.
They said: “we hereby state categorically that we are fully prepared to go for direct congresses immediately after registration/revalidation exercise. We are not, and shall not be part of the unilateral ‘consensus’ arrangement being proposed by the governor’s group.
“The beauty of democracy is in allowing the minority to have their say, even when the majority have their way.
“The only civilised way to prove our numerical values is through congresses, not by any proxy.”
Bello described the intra-party wrangling caused by the Governor AbdulRaman Abdulrazaq’s reference to some pre-election matters as worrisome and embarrassing.
He added that the governor’s frosty relationship with the party became noticeable immediately after he secured the party’s ticket in 2019.
Comrade Bello added that Mallam Abdulrazaq, shortly after picking the party’s governorship ticket “started declining calls and avoiding contacts with the leadership as well-as elders of the party.
“He was taking unilateral decisions, especially on the party’s choice on deputy governor, which he single-handedly changed from Olukayode Abogunrin to Mr. Kayode Alabi, who has been a stooge of the governor’s family for decades.”
Comrade Bello who was sandwiched by other members of the group, said the last APC membership registration and revalidation in the state was a sham.
“You are not unaware that Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq’s group made total mess of the membership registration/revalidation exercise in this state.
“Is it not an antithesis to the catalogue of moralities of ‘oto ge’ philosophy that the product of the struggle was unable to conduct free, fair and transparent demography of our political family (APC)? Nothing could be more shameful indeed!
“While many prospective members were short out, the existing family members were deliberately blacked out of the exercise. This necessitated formal complaints lodged by the Legacy group to the national leadership of the party.
“Much as we appreciate the positive disposition of the national headquarters to our plights in Kwara state, we hereby appeal to their conscience that justice must not only be done but must be seen to have been done. “Otherwise, the corporate existence of our party might be in jeopardy.”
The group therefore urged the APC headquarters not to hand over materials for fresh party’s registration and revalidation to the state government or agents.
“Justice demands that complainant in a dispute should not be deprived the fruits of his/her complaints. We ought to take custody of the fresh materials,” the group added.