Proprietor of Sobi FM and a gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in the just concluded primary of the party in Kwara state, Alhaji Lukman Mustapha has described the exercise as nothing but a show of shame which was a huge dent on the change mantra of the party.
Mustapha in an interactive session with newsmen held in his campaign office, Ilorin on Monday noted that the Saturday exercise was a far cry from what was expected from a progressive party.
He said the process of the exercise started on a faulty footing with serial postponement without official communication from the party leadership.
He however restated his commitment to work with the party’s declared winner, Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq adding that he has started reconciliation moves to rally other assistants to support the decision of the party.
According to him, the party must quickly put in place machineries to guide against future reoccurrence of such show of shame for a party that prides itself as the progressives’ party.
“Not until after the commencement of the primaries, the list of the cleared aspirants was not released to even the aspirants talk less of the numerous party faithful and the generality of Kwarans.
“It is a fact that the exercise was fraught with several avoidable and artificial irregularities, which is a clear negation on our much flaunted democratic and progressive credentials”, he noted.
The Banker turned politician said his decision to remain with the party was in the interest of the larger picture adding that he has rejected moves from other political party to dump the APC.
“However, regardless of the fact that we were hedged out of the gubernatorial race by irregularities and electoral malpractices, we can never be hedged out of the struggle to achieve a Kwara that works for all. I, Lukman Olayiwola Mustapha state on behalf of all members of the Rebirth Movement that we respect the supremacy of our party and accept the outcome of the primaries in good faith.
“I appeal to all my compatriots in this struggle to accept the outcome in good faith and let us rededicate ourselves by standing firm for the party”, he added.