A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari in Kwara state has disassociated itself from the 7-day ultimatum issued to the President by members of the nPDP led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje.
It also asked the party leadership not to succumb to the group’s blackmail.
In a statement signed by the chairman of the Group in Kwara state, Hon. Olayemi Olabanji and its Secretary, Alh. Abdulganiyu Saka, the group pointed out that the APC under the leadership of President Buhari has performed exceptionally well.
“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, the faction said that, “it can categorically state that Kwara state, where Kawu Baraje comes from, has benefited 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.”
The Olabanji-led faction further noted that, aside the juicy appointments from the federal government, Kwara state is a beneficiary of the ongoing infrastructural development across the country.
It therefore described the letter by the Baraje faction of the APC to the party as a self-serving one and not in the interest of all party members.
The Kwara APC faction also alleged that, 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.
It said, “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 group disassociated itself completely from the Baraje group’s ultimatum and said that 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.”