A factional chairman of All Progressives Congress in Kwara, Hon Bashir Bolarinwa, has called on the national leadership of the party to recognise his faction as the authentic one in the state.
Bolarinwa made the call on Monday in Ilorin in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria.
He also called on the national leadership of the party to stop dealing with the Ishola Balogun Fulani led faction.
Bolarinwa said his faction had been vindicated as the real APC in Kwara following the “exit of the Fulani group from the party”.
According to Bolarinwa, the Balogun Fulani faction’s allegiance is to Dr Olubukola Saraki and sponsor of what he called ‘the contraption called RAPC” which is injurious to the party.
He said that the crisis in the party was precipitated by Saraki and his cohorts when he defiled the party position on zoning of the Senate presidency.
Saraki, Bolarinwa said, went against the position of the party and did everything untoward to clinch the office.
He said: “While the President and the party remain democratic, Saraki was busy sowing seeds of discord and seeking means of destroying the party. His latest antic was the formation a splinter group.”
He expressed disappointment that since Saraki emerged as the Senate President he had been attracting odium to the institution of the Senate and Kwara State.
Bolarinwa alleged that Saraki had consistently made lives difficult for Nigerians through budget padding and delays in passage of annual budgets.
He said: “These are practices created by him to slow down government and confer undue benefits on him.”
Bolarinwa accused the Senate President of pauperizing the people through deliberate under development of Kwara State.
He challenged Saraki to point to a project or programme he initiated that was geared toward truly empowering the people for economic sustainability.
Bolarinwa said that Saraki and his lackeys were bent on destroying the party and make it unsellable to the electorate.
According to him, the only grouse of the Saraki group is that the Senate President was not given a political waiver in his alleged criminal trials in courts and even those under investigation.
He said that there was nothing wrong for the Police to carry out their constitutional duty as it related to Offa bank robbery.
He said: “Any move to turn this dutiful service of Nigeria Police to persecution is not only hypocritical, but diversionary aimed at perverting the course of justice.”
Bolarinwa appealed to the people of the state to keep faith with the party, promising to return the state to the path of prosperity through a functional political party.