By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
The All Progressives Congress,(APC) caretaker committee’s chairman in the state, Abdullahi Samari, has condemned the violent break in upon the venue of the party’s stakeholders meeting allegedly by some loyalists of former party chairman, Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa.
He called for the reconstitution of the seven-man committee on membership registration and revalidation exercise sent to Kwara state.
Addressing a news briefing on Thursday in Ilorin, Samari said the violent destruction of the entrance door allegedly by some party members with Hon. Bolarinwa was unfortunate and uncalled for, adding that some persons have already been arrested.
“Against this background gentlemen of the press, we condemn in the strongest terms possible the show of shame by erstwhile party chairman and my brother Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa and a few others who are clearly acting on the instruction of Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
“Hon. BOB’s decision to disrupt the meeting that he was invited to as a leader of the party was unfortunate, in bad faith, and definitely contrary to the spirit of the meeting. BOB was willingly invited like others.
“We are shocked at the level of barbarism on display yesterday. The violent entry by Hon. BOB was unwarranted and embarrassing. He was among the stakeholders invited to the meeting. Nobody could have prevented him from joining the meeting.
“His conduct left so much to be desired and we urge him and other leaders of the party to have deeper introspection as senior citizens. While party democracy is not without its challenges, introducing hooligalism to the mix is not acceptable,” Samari said.
The party chairman, said that whatever is happening is within what is accommodated in a democracy, adding that the development did not make them enemies to one another.
He also said that the registration exercise is being coordinated by the Danboi committee, adding the stakeholders meeting was meant to brief everyone in the party on the modalities to adopt for the process in Kwara.
“Before proceeding, let me make it clear that there is nothing unusual about having tendencies within a party. Pluralism of opinion is healthy for democracy. What is not good is anyone resorting to self-help or insisting on being right all the time. Such domineering attitude can only breed unsavoury development,”he added.