All Progressives Congress (APC) in Share Wards 1, 2 and 5, Ifelodun local government area of Kwara State has suspended an associate of Governor AbdulRaman, Senator Makqnjuola Ajadi and Special Assistant to the Governor on youth matters Engr Razaq Apaguntan for alleged anti-party activities.
Others suspended are Chief M. T Lawal, Samuel Fasobu Jimoh, Alhaja Barakat Atunshe and Rasheed Shuaib.
Addressing reporters in Ilorin, APC Assistant Secretary, Share ward 5, Issa Yunusa expressed disappointment over Ajadi’s alleged open assault on APC before and during the elections.
“This is to inform the general public that following an enlarged meeting of the APC members in Share ward five, in Adio, in the council that Senator Makanjuola Suleiman Ajadi has been suspended indefinitely from all APC over his anti-party activities and irreconcilable actions during the last governorship and house of assembly elections held on March 18,2023 in the state”
“We expressed utter disappointment over Ajadi’s anti-party activities and open assault on APC before and during the elections.
“To our utmost amazement and disbelief M.S Ajadi publicly directed his supporters in constituency “A” to work against the APC house of Assembly candidate, in person of Honourable Rasaki Olatunde Owolabi.”
He asked them to vote for PDP candidate.
To achieve his diabolical desire, A few days to the elections, he mobilised the opposition parties-PDP, SDP, ADC, Accord party and NNPP during a meeting in Babaloma and instructed them to vote for governor Abdulrahman Abdurazak in the governship election but to vote for the PDP candidate in the House of Assembly election. Truly, there was significant difference if you compared the results of the governship and house of Assembly elections.”
Supporting his colleague, Assistant Secretary APC Share Ward Two Yusuf Abdullateef Kolawole said,
“After an exhaustive deliberations and review of the results of the presidential and National Assembly Elections held on February 25, 2023 and the governorship and House of Assembly elections of March 18, 2023, by the ward executive members, party elders and critical stakeholders, the meeting passed a vote of no confidence on the suspended individuals for their anti-party activities and gross indiscipline which had resulted in the loss of APC candidate in Share Wards One (I) and Two (II) in the governorship and House of Assembly Election.
“It might interest you to know that these disgruntled elements had colluded with ADC, SDP, PDP and some individuals to trade APC Candidate’s victory to the main opposition party in the Governorship and House of Assembly Election in the Two Wards in Share, the headquarters of Ifelodun LGA, among other evils they perpetrated.”
In swift reaction, the state APC Chair Prince Sunday Fagbemi said the suspension of the party members in Share wards will not stand.
Prince Fagbemi stated,
“For these reasons, the state executive committee of the party will not be accepting the recent suspension of some party members for the sake of peace and party cohesion.
“Leadership of the party in the state has expressed concerns over reports of suspension of some party members at their ward levels.
“While the party agrees that no organization survives without discipline and respect for leadership, the party feels it is also important to build group cohesion through conciliation and consensus building.
“To this extent, the party urges all its organs across the state to shelve punitive measures against any member and instead embrace peace and reconciliation, which will help to foster a stronger party and spirit of collective responsibility among members.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this is the time to rally every member of the party behind Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s agenda for positive growth and collective prosperity for the people of the state. The responsibility before the party and its government is to justify the confidence the people have reposed in us by re-electing the Governor and voting for all our candidates in the recent election, including the President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“We do not need any distraction that will affect the party or our government. It is against this background that we implore our party stakeholders at every level to embrace peace, dialogue, and reconciliation.
“This neither takes away a need to ensure party discipline as enshrined in the constitution nor does it imply that the concerned party executives necessarily acted in bad faith. It is about bringing everyone together for the purpose of peace and development, which Kwarans have recently voted for.”