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Press Conference: Speech Presented By BOB Chairman APC On State Of The Party In Kwara


Text of address presented at a special press conference in Ilorin on the state of our party; All Progressives Congress (APC) and other issues of national interest by Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa (BOB), Kwara State Chairman All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday 22nd May, 2018.

Gentlemen of the Press, I welcome you to the maiden official press conference and interaction after I took over the mantle of leadership of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State. The last Saturday state congress held at the Arca Santa Arena here, in Ilorin threw up a progressive team that is capable of restoring the party to the path of honour and integrity.

We have always held that the party is poorly administered here and therefore a rescue team will be required to save the party. The rescue team is here!

One of the many reasons that almost brought the party to her knees is the insincere, over ambitious and undemocratic elements in our midst.

The issues are diagnosed below:

1. On May 7, 2018 a well circulated letter was written by an outlawed group called nPDP wherein it gave the party leadership an ultimatum of 7 days to arrange a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to vent its grievances against the party and government. As the days roll by Nigerians were watching what the outcome will be.

Just few days ago, the hatchet man for such job,  Alhaji Kawu Baraje in an interaction with you; gentlemen of the Press, he denied ever given federal government or the president any ultimatum.

Many thanks to Senator Adamu Abdullahi and Hon. Munini Jubrin (they also defected from PDP) that burst the uncharitable conjectures of the insatiable and desperate politicians who want have everything even at the expense of the ordinary man on the street.

That is the stock in trade of this clique whose allegiance is neither to the people nor the party. The means to survive politically in the way they have been taught is trying to undo each other in double speaking and outright lies.

Why are they shifting ground? Our initial reaction to their rantings was that they should be ignored and shown the way out of the party. What shall it profit the landlord, when his tentant consistently destroy the house that harbors her? Give the ungrateful tenant a quit notice and enforce it.

We have watched and carefully studied every inch of the members of the outlawed nPDP, particularly those from Kwara State, they have resolved to destroy the party and remain aloft until their new found homes in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and/or Social Democratic Party (SDP) are ready.

2. We are not unaware of the venom embedded in the speech of the senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki when he said 'he will teach Nigeria politics', in his speech last Saturday.

We are bringing it to the notice of the party leadership, government and the world that such character with insatiable appetite for power should be closely monitored.

It will be pertinent to refresh Nigerians, the event of June 8, 2015, the day principal officers if the National Assembly were elected how a man with such a huge frame in a hot chase for power could squeeze himself in a-two door car from 6am in the morning until 10am when the doors of the National Assembly were opened because he wants to become senate president. He told the world this story in one of his media engagements.

The National Convention of the party billed for next month is the target of these ever desperate politicians. We would not be surprised should they raise another chairmanship aspirant to challenge Comrade Adams Oshiomhole which they had agreed to work with earlier.

In an active connivance with some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, they have done everything in a pre-determined manner to frustrate congresses and eventually make our convention a butt of joke.

However, the target is President Muhammadu Buhari who had done more to expose those that have pilfer our common wealth in the recent past. President Buhari will not be forgiven by the 'Chop I chop' politicians.

Until the decay tooth is removed from the mouth,  the mouth will not have peace. The earlier we send those that have changed the slogan of APC in Kwara State from 'Change to Progress', packing, the better. It is clear that they are set to seek asylum elsewhere but must destroy our party before anything is done.

3. My leadership will embark on the restructuring of the party in Kwara State and open doors to those that have been deliberately shut out.

When impunity festers, the first casuality is integrity. In the desperate and undemocratic chase for power; gubernatorial aspirants in the camp of Saraki in the state have been undoing each other to lampoon President Buhari, run down the Federal Government but present Saraki as the only man standing in Nigeria.

That is the same reason when Dr. Ahmad Ali, Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly will wilfully lampoon President Buhari just recently to the admiration of his godfather. How the House of Assembly have been reduced to stamping everything in advancement of an individual is ridiculous and nauseating.

4. The newly 'constituted authority' is Bolaji Abdullahi who sees himself as the owner of APC.

Bolaji like his co-travellers trying to undo each other at the venue of an illegal congress had the 'liver' to tell the world which congress will acceptable.

Let me remind my brother that he is sitting in a temporary office given to him on compassionate considerations. The convention that produced Bolaji Abdullahi as the publicity secretary was non-elective. Please be reminded that the last elective convention of the APC was in 2014 where Alhaji Lai Mohammed was elected.

Bolaji must be told that everything as constituted today will not confer legality on his temporary office, and we will prove that any time we have the opportunity.

On this note, I urge Kwarans to keep fate with us in the rescue mission. We have been able to reclaim our party, the next move shall be to rescue our dear state of Kwara.

Thank you for your attention.

Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa
Chairman,
All Progressives Congress (APC),
Kwara State Chapter,
Ilorin.
Tuesday, 22nd May 2018.

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