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2023: Gov Abdulrazaq will not get APC ticket – Party Insider

…he will have to quit party to realize guber ambition

By Mumini AbdulKareem
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq will have to look elsewhere if he wants to actualise his ambition to equal the record of his last two predecessors as two term governors of Kwara State.
This is because his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) will not avail him its platform to contest the second term ticket, a top insider in the party confided in National Pilot last night.
The highly placed source who belongs to the faction of the party chairman, Basheer Omolaja Bolarinwa (BOB) spoke under strict condition of anonymity because of the highly sensitive nature of the matter.
He noted that although the 2023 election is still a bit far away, leaders and elders of the BOB faction of the party in conjunction with the camp of the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu have concluded plans to shop for another candidate who will be able to save the party from collapse foisted on it by the governor because of his decision to sideline top leaders who toiled for his victory.
This development is coming just as calls for a Kwara North candidature gained momentum weekend.
It was gathered that top leaders in the party from the Tinubu’s camp have been highly disappointed in the Governor and with the turn of events in Kwara State since the inauguration of the present administration.
According to the source, “It is very very unlikely that APC will give Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq a second term ticket in the present dispensation. The worst he can do is to leave the party. I am sure that the party’s candidate for the next gubernatorial election will not be him.
“Consultation will start very soon on the issue. For now, nobody is in the picture but anybody can come up depending on the permutation that will be considered going ahead”, the source added.
Some leading aggrieved leaders of the party recently attacked the governor during a meeting held at the Adewole residence of Prof Abdulraheem Shuaib Oba, a move many believed was a confirmation of the internal opposition against him over his style of leadership.
While former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a top proponent of the O to ge struggle, Iyiola Oyedepo described the Governor as a lightweight (Igi Isepe) who can be easily (uprooted), former gubernatorial aspirant, Prof Shuaib Abdulraheem Oba called on the chairman of the party, Bashiru Omolaja Bolarinwa to weed out recalcitrant members who are bent on destroying the unity in the APC.
The leaders both spoke in Yoruba at a stakeholders meeting held at the residence of Prof Oba in Adewole, Ilorin West local government area which was attended by Bolarinwa.
“Many people often call me to ask if this is how we are going to continue (with this government), and I often tell them ‘let’s wait and be patient… but if after a year that you expected someone in government to take some certain steps but he failed to do so; if you now come out to say you don’t understand why things are the way they are, there is nothing wrong with that.
“I don’t know when last Pro Oba saw the governor, but I have not seen him in 10 months. And if I called him or sent a WhatsApp message, the governor neither picked my calls nor respond to my messages. Am telling you all this so that you will be able to judge for yourself whether we have been patient enough or not.
“I want to tell you that there is no consultation in the government that’s run in Kwara state today. They don’t consult or inform us about anything, and this was not our agreement” Oyedepo noted.
Prof Oba in his words said “…When Buhari was elected, he said we should stop importation and consumption of foreign rice to boost our economy and we agreed. We now agreed to be eating Shonga and Tsaragi rice produced locally here. But some said the product has stones. That is the rice we are eating today and we have to de-stone it. Chairman this is for you. All the stones that are in the Kwara State chapter of the APC from state to the ward levels should be removed now. We should not continue with this. Our party the APC has stones and we have agreed to consume it, we must remove the stone”, he added.
Meanwhile, some top leaders in Kwara North have said the region will strongly contest for the governorship ticket come 2023.
Former Kwara State Head of Service, Mohammed Dabarako and the former Special Assistant on Environment and Forestry in the state, Abdulamalik Manzuma Kawu Dogo in separate chats with this medium reiterated the position of the region whether Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq vie for the ticket or not.

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