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Kwara APC disassociates itself from nPDP’s 7-day ultimatum to Buhari

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A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that is loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari in Kwara state has disassociated itself from the 7-day ultimatum given to the president by members of the nPDP led by Abubakar Kawu Baraje.
We disassociate ourselves completely from Baraje group’s threat and blackmail, said chairman of the Group in Kwara state, Hon. Olayemi Olabanji and its Secretary,  Alh.  Abdulganiyu Saka, in a statement.
“They do not speak for the teeming APC members in Kwara State who remain steadfast and loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari and our beloved party.
It also asked the party leadership not to succumb to Baraje group’s blackmail.
We appreciate the president’s efforts in re-positioning the economy of the country, as well as his anti-corruption campaign which has positioned him as a leader who has the interest of the masses at heart.
Two weeks ago, we protested the inclusion of Baraje in the National Convention Committee. Our protest was based on his track record of doing hatchet jobs in such auspicious gatherings. We have therefore, been vindicated by this latest development.
Baraje has no political relevance back home. He is just doing the bidding of his pay master who nobody dares to challenge in our state. But we assure Nigerians that the narratives will change in 2019.
As against the assertion that the president side-lined those who worked for the success of the APC during the 2015 general elections, we can categorically state that Kwara state, where Kawu Baraje comes from, has benefitted tremendously from the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Aside from giving two powerful Ambassadorial slots to Kwara, a substantive minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed is also from  Kwara state and he is making us proud at the National level.
It should also be borne in mind that Kwara state was a beneficiary of Federal Board appointments which, ironically, were cornered by Baraje’s sponsor and shared only among his cronies including Baraje himself and another agent at the party’s headquarters, Bolaji Abdullahi.
Aside from juicy appointments from the federal government, Kwara state is a beneficiary of the ongoing infrastructural development across the country, and we are very optimistic that more good things are underway.
Arising from the foregoing therefore, we want to say, without mincing words that the letter by the Baraje’s faction of the APC to the party is a self-serving one and its not in the interest of all party members.
Ironically,  the Kawu Baraje’s faction of the APC is only crying wolf where there is none because in actual fact, they are the ones depriving genuine APC members their dues, and not the federal government.
Since nPDP exodus from the PDP to the APC, Kwarans have not enjoyed the dividends of democracy in the state. The appointments have always been lopsided, and juicy positions are reserved only for people who are loyal to the existing status quo despite the fact that we all worked for the success of the APC in 2015.
The State APC machinery is solely run by Baraje’s boss,  Sen. Bukola Saraki and not even the governor,  Alh.  Abdulfatah Ahmed, has any say in the running of party affairs.
The three Senators from kwara State are Saraki himself and his loyalists. Five out of the six House of Representatives members from the state were handpicked by Sen. Saraki.
Furthermore, out of the 24 members of kwara state House of Assembly, only two are legacy members, the other 22 were hand-picked by Sen.  Saraki and they are doing only his bidding in the house.
To further exacerbate the issue, the State Cabinet has been wholly Saraki loyalists. Just three days ago, the governor submitted a list of 19 new commissioners and all of them are Saraki loyalists. None for legacy, none even for independent-minded members of the so-called nPDP .
During the last ward congress, our members were disenfranchised and those who tried to protest the injustice were brutalised by the leadership of the party in the state.
Therefore, the Baraje faction of the APC does not have locus standi to talk about justice, equity and fairness because in actual fact, this is lacking in Kwara APC.
Publicizing a matter that ought to have been resolved within the party machinery, shows that they do not have the interest of the party at heart. Already,  they have adopted a new slogan for APC in Kwara state. Instead of APC’s registered slogan which is CHANGE, their adopted slogan is now PROGRESS. What an affront.!
The Party should be wary of the group since they are known as serial defectors the moment their personal interests are not met. They did same to Jonathan’s Government but this administration must not allow them destroy our great party.
Baraje and his indulgent faction are inconsequential and must be ignored. The president and the party should not submit to their blackmail; and they must be sanctioned in accordance with the rule of the party for disrespecting the office of the President.

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