By Ibraheem Solahudeen.
Some group of elders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State have alleged that the reason some of the party leaders were disgruntled was because of their unmet expectations.
Addressing a press conference earlier today, the elders accused one of the frontline party leaders, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo of bitterness against the governor as a result of failure to clinch the position of Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice which, according to them, he desperately wanted.
“In the case of Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, he lobbied to be made the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in order to use same as a platform to clinch the prestigious rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN),” the elders said.
Reviewing the contributions made by stakeholders of the party to the struggle that birthed the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq administration, the APC elders said it was not proper for some party chieftains to claim responsibility for bringing the governor to power, especially as they never hid their dislike for him.
“Hon. BOB (referring to the party Chairman) and other party chieftains never disguised their dislike for the Governor and his administration for reasons totally unconnected to development of the State,” they alleged.
Taking a direct swipe at those they said joined the Otoge struggle midstream, the APC elders described as dubious the attempt to personalised the victory occasioned by the struggle.
According to them, “The likes of Akogun and others have tried to personalise the Otoge struggle. This is dubious. For students of history, the Otoge campaign indeed predated this Republic! It is an idea that had long been etched in the minds of the people.
“Akogun joined the progressive folds only in 2003 or thereabouts when he fell out with the Sarakis. He was commissioner and House of Assembly member through the patronage of the older Saraki. The Otoge struggle had long begun before then and the likes of the Governor had always been part of the struggle to free the State from what Akogun and others never thought was evil.
“It is particularly insulting for Prof. Ova and his ilks to lay credit for the struggle. Professor Oba only joined the struggle in 2014 after losing the governorship slot within the Bukola Saraki fiefdom!”
The party elders, who enumerated the achievements of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq since assuming office, said some of the chieftains of the party, including the Chairman, Bashir Bolarinwa, were only out for their personal interests and not the interest of the people whom they said the governor was committed to.
The Kwara APC has been engulfed in internal bickering, with many party leaders accusing governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of running a personalised government. They specifically frown at the non-inclusive style of the governor, alleging that they were not consulted over the decisions taken by the government they helped put in place.