Published January 12, 2021
Tunde Oyekola Ilorin.
The crisis in the Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has shown no sign of abating following allegations by loyalists of the state Governor , Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq , that state party leaders were working to undermine him .
Abdulrazaq ’s loyalists who vowed to sink or sail with him should he desire to seek a second term in 2023 , on Monday , accused the state party Chairman , Bashir Bolarinwa , and some party leaders including , Chief Iyiola Oyedepo and Professor Shuaib Abdulraheem , of using the media to disparage the governor .
The governor ’ s loyalists leveled the allegation at a press conference in Ilorin .
One of the conveners of the conference, Sunday Fagbemi , who read a prepared text at the event, said , “ It is common knowledge that every governor , especially a performing one would be interested in a second term .
“ Even if His Excellency has not stated categorically that he ’ s interested in a second term , we ’ll by his level of performance ask him to run for a second term .
“ Contrary to decency and party rules , they ( state party leaders ) go on radio to openly condemn the government of their own party. Had the Governor not endeared himself to the masses with his humility , simplicity and people -focus performance as can be seen in every part of the state, the insurrection by these persons were enough to bring down any government .”
However, the state APC chairman , Bashir Bolarinwa denied the allegations.
Bolarinwa told our correspondent, “ I have never spoken against the governor or the government on any radio program . As the chairman of the party in the state , I have been preaching Unity among the party members . The people making the allegation just want to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it and this kind of people should be careful .”
Oyedepo equally denied the allegation describing it as baseless .