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AbdulRazaq To Unite APC Factions With Appointments, Awaits Nominees From Lai Muhammed, Others

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The current delay in the announcement of a full cabinet by the Kwara State government since the dissolution of the previous cabinet may not be unconnected to moves by the state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to ensure adequate representation of camps and factions within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Fidelinfonews sources have indicated that Governor AbdulRazaq had made a request of nominees from the camps of the Minister of Information, Lai Muhammed and a few others, with emphasis on balance of gender and faith.

A party echelon who craved anonymity said “I am aware that the Governor, as part of his move efforts, has personally met with the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed and a few others to request them to send in nominees for the new cabinet. In fact, the need to give Lai and others more presence in the government was a major reason for the dissolution of the cabinet in the first place”.

“Two weeks ago, the Governor came to see the Minister in Abuja and they discussed the cabinet composition. He asked the Minister to bring the names of his nominees, even though he requested that he prefers a mixture of men and women for a balanced cabinet. But the feelers are that the Minister and others fighting the Governor are saying they want the former chairman Basheer Omolaja Bolarinwa to be returned.

“This is a condition they are putting on the ground. The Governor does not appear to be disposed to that. Besides, the request is interpreted even at the APC national secretariat to mean that the Minister wants to have absolute control of the party to the detriment of the Governor and other stakeholders who hardly agree with the Minister.”

Recall that the Governor recently sent a list of 7 commissioner nominees to the state assembly, which had since been approved, as reported by the FidelinfoNews.

Another source from other camps also said “Another challenge is that the nominees being brought forward are all men. I understand that the Governor is saying that, whereas he appointed 56 percent female commissioners before, the lowest he would go is 50 percent apiece and adequate faith representation”.

“The challenge now is that the Governor we know may be forced to return his former cabinet members if the camp of Alhaji Lai Mohammed and others do not come up with their cabinet nominees while insisting that BOB must return. I hope reasons prevail so that the party can move on,” he added.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Governor’s spokesperson and the Information minister proved abortive as at press time.

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Tinubu, Akande backing of Fagbemi, reconciliation moves unsettles Saraki led Kwara PDP

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The endorsement of Prince Sunday Fagbemi as Kwara State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, by the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the first Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, is now generating ripples especially within the PDP in the state.

The expected defection of prominent stakeholders of APC in Kwara to Bukola Saraki led PDP has also been aborted by leaders of the party at a meeting of the concerned stakeholders with Tinubu in Abuja on Tuesday.

Investigations revealed that some stakeholders who seem to have irreconcilable ambitions have been cautioned after information of their several meetings and negotiations with the opposition on their likely defection leaked with the National leaders reiterating that genuine reconciliation is the first step.

The report reaching us has now confirmed the involvement of the aforementioned leaders in brokering absolute peace in the party ahead of the 2023 election.

This development is not going down well with the Saraki led opposition who are leaving no stone unturned to unseat the present Governor and are now restrategizing following the outcome of the peace meeting with Asiwaju Tinubu in Abuja which gives a green light to reconciliation in Kwara APC.

It would be recalled that Prince Sunday Fagbemi visited Asiwaju Tinubu and Chief Akande on the way forward towards enhancing the unity of the party in Kwara with the National leaders assuring him of their full support in his effort to reconcile all stakeholders of the party.

According to a reliable source, similar meetings will begin to hold in a few days at the instance of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande to further solidify genuine reconciliation among stakeholders of the party in Kwara.

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Tinubu, Akande back Fagbemi, support reconciliatory moves

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The Kwara State Chairman elect of the All Progressives Party, APC, Prince Sunday Fagbemi have been receiving the support and recognition of national leaders of the party, ahead of his official inauguration.

This development is a fallout of the recent visits to the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Abuja and that of the first interim national Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande at his country home, in Ila Orangun.


Fagbemi had in the last week visited the leaders of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande on the need to appease the aggrieved members towards enhancing the membership strength and stability of the party.

The leaders, at separate meetings with Fagbemi and his team have endorsed his Chairmanship, commending him on his reconciliatory moves and promising to assist him in appeasing the warring groups in the interest of the party.

“The leaders advised that all waring factions must come together in order to preserve their hard earned victory after many years of misrule in the state, emphasizing on the need to carry all warring factions along,” Fagbemi stated.

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Group commends Saraki on Bisi Fakayode, Kwara Efura’s leader election as PDP Senatorial Chairman

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A Kwara south group, Kwara Mobilizers, has commended the People’s Democratic Party’s national leader, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki for his endorsement of Comrade Bisi Fakayode as Kwara South Senatorial Chairman of the party.

The group in a statement issued, and signed by its Secretary, Olalekan Adefila, said Fakayode as the leader of “Kwara Efura,” a radio advocacy group, which sponsors a weekly radio programme on a national radio station, has committed financially and morally towards reshaping the political configuration in favor of the PDP.

“This is indeed a pay back time for a political leader who is doing alot in pursuit of reclaiming power for the PDP.

“We commend our leader for recognizing commitment and hard work, as this gesture will encourage others to contribute their own quota towards enhancing the membership drive of the party, ” the group stated.

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