By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
A former governorship aspirant in Kwara State during the 2019 general elections, Mashood Mustapha has appealed to All Progressives Congress (APC) gladiators in the state to join forces with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to bring about good governance.
Mustapha appealed to the likes of Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and another governorship aspirant, Professor AbdulRaheem Oba, to see themselves as one family and render necessary support and advice to the governor.
Mustapha, fielding questions from newsmen at a press briefing held in Ilorin on Friday said APC leaders must unite for progress to take place, which he said would make 2023 a smooth ride for the party.
“This brings me to the issue of admonishing our political party leaders in the state; we should take a cue from what is happening at the national level; let all of us work together. I appeal to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Professor Oba, and other major stakeholders in the state, let us forget all the crisis, let us support the governor.
“The moment we all come to term that Mr. Governor is our leader at the state level, then we should support him so that we can purge from other party, not people leaving our party.”
He also spoke on the N1billion campaign fund that is causing furore in the party, even as he said the issue should not have generated any controversy.
“The issue of N1b should not have risen because it was a clear case; the money was not handed over to any individual. I want to debunk all those wrong insinuation. I was the campaign coordinator then, the money in question came with how it should be shared and the names of stakeholders as logistics for the election. I don’t even think the money was up to N1billion. I don’t know why some people would doctor some lies just to defend themselves. I don’t think it’s a good way to do politics. Nobody took custody of any N1billion,” he said.
According to him the crisis in APC started when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members decided to come to join the party.
He added that there were issues of tendencies, as those PDP members wanted to join at the top while the party constitution says anyone that wants to join should do so at the ward level.