Kwara APC Picks State Executive Through Consensus
While Bola Tinubu is seen as losing the grip on the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos State following the two parallel congresses in the state on Saturday, it is safe to say Senate President, Bukola Saraki is on top of his own state.
In Kwara state on Saturday, the APC returned 36 members of its state executive committee unopposed.
The ‘elected’ officers include Alhaji Ishola Balogun Fulani, State Chairman, Hon. Christopher Tunji Ayeni, Secretary; Alhaji Buhari Sulaiman, Publicity Secretary and Hajiya Rahmat Oganija, Women Leader.
The exercise which was supervised by the APC state congress committee led by its Chairman, Senator Salisu Hussain, took place at the Banquet Hall, opposite Government House Ilorin
The new executive committee members were picked through a consensus arrangement from ward to state congresses.
Chairman, congress committee of the party, Senator Saliu Hussein, expressed delight over the arrangement, saying the process satisfied party’s rule and constitution.
“We received return forms from 36 candidates with no opposition but we will still go ahead with voting for affirmation”, he said.
Masters of the game
Speaking at the event, Saraki, commended party members for the conduct of the exercise, saying Nigerian politicians have a lot to learn from the Kwara model of politicking.
According to Saraki, “this is the third stage of the journey that started with ward congresses which were adjudged as the best in Nigeria.
In Kwara, we don’t have problems of people fighting themselves. That is why you can see two former
governors sitting together to participate in an electoral process with the incumbent.”
He challenged youths who have been elected into executive offices at the ward levels to prove their mettle in the coming general elections.
Speaking after the election, Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed who congratulated the newly elected officials charged them to immediately prepare for the next general election.
He promised to consolidate on the achievements of the party in leading the state to an enviable heights and guarantee electoral victory for the party in 2019.
In a vote of thanks, National Publicity Secretary, APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, insisted that the party would only recognize congresses conducted by Congress Committees put in place by the national body.