Michael Olanrewaju, Ilorin.
Contrary to insinuations that there is no crisis in Kwara State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), Speargists can authoritatively establish the existence and continuous festering of crisis in the. party.
As stated in an earlier write up by this medium, the composition of the party without a defined cohesive arrangement in the state in the build up to the 2019 elections has been largely been attributed by stalwarts as being responsible for the persistent crisis that has dogged and continued unabated in the party.
Reliable sources within the party recalled that the then opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has been sensitizing and mobilizing the Kwara populace on different media platform on the wrong doings of erstwhile administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed moved enmass to the APC when Senator Bukola Saraki led his group to PDP back.
The PDP migrants to APC were divided under the Chairmanship of Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo and Sunday Fagbemi with series of litigations on it. However, the determined resolve to oust Saraki dynasty from dominance of Kwara politics as noted by pundits made the fighting caucus within the migrants shelved their differences , team up with other interest stakeholders in the “o to ge” movement for the success of the APC gubernatorial candidate, AbdulRahmon AbdulRasaq.
Sources in the party disclosed that the unity of the warring caucus was short lived as the new Governor tilts towards the Fagbemi group than others. While Fagbemi caucus is divided into four leadership control-namely, Senator Makanjuola Suleiman Ajadi, Alhaji Iliasu Moro, Barrister Kunle Suleiman and Chief Sunday Fagbemi. The divided four are all competing for the attention of Mr. Governor, thus, working at cross purposes.
The State Executives of the party led by Bashiru Omolaja Bolarinwa (BOB) belongs to the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed caucus. The caucus too has been left out of scheme of things since the party came to power. Some elements within the party has mooted the removal of the State Chairman to no avail.
A reliable source within the party disclosed that “Governor AbdilRahmon AbdulRasaq is like a confused pilot who have lost his compass because those sorrounding him continues to give the impression that all is well without being so. They continue to pursue infighting started in the PDP, not knowing that the ” o to ge” movement is beyond partisan politics as it was a divine intervention in the political evolution of Kwara State.”
According to some of them, the Governor has been given nod to appoint seven special advisers by the State House of Assembly for months but he has only appointed one. Again, the House of Assembly has cleared all the sixteen commissioner nominees for weeks without engaging them by swearing them and allocating portfolio to them
The sources added that almost all the nominees are not known to the party leaders that were actively involved in the liberation struggle in their different localities that brought in the Governor. Citing the instance of Isin Local Government Area where the nominee is not known to a person like Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo as well as other prominent members of the party. The method and criteria for their choice was kept discreetly from the party.
The party source added further that, “some of the aforementioned leaders enjoying the hearing of the Governor are behaving as if their efforts singlehandedly won election for Governor AbdulRahmon AbdulRasaq.”
The opined that party politics and governance are separate but intrinsic dependence of one on the other is inevitable.
Some observers have argued that the caucuses sidelined as politicians have gone into trenches making it difficult to predict their next possible course of movement and action.
Analysts are wondering if peace can return to APC in Kwara . Can the caucuses trust themselves and work together again? What does the masses stand to gain from the crisis? Are the political class aware of the sophisticatery of the masses as we advance in the course of democracy in Kwara and Nigeria as a whole?