Trouble In Kwara APC; Two Chairmen Emerge!



Kwara State APC Chairman, Hon. Ishola Balogun-Fulani has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Aminu Saleh over the recent visit of the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the state APC,  Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa to his office.  In a petition through his counsel, Abdulwahab Bamidele, Hon. Ishola Balogun-Fulani described Bolarinwa’s visit as misguided and unlawful, stating that he (Bolagun Fulani) remains the authentic and the legally recognized chairman of the party in the state.

The petition referred Mr. Saleh to an Interim Order of Injunction from the Kwara State High Court restraining Bolarinwa from parading himself as the APC  Caretaker Chairman  in the state. Balogun-Fulani noted that the Police Commissioner and his office are statutorily duty-bound to obey, respect and enforce the court order while it lasts, and must, therefore, desist from recognizing Bolarinwa as the  Caretaker Chairman. He explained that Bolarinwa’s decision to continue to parade himself as the Caretaker Chairman is a flagrant disobedience of the court order, which he said, amounts to contempt of court. Ishola Fulani also alleged that Bolarinwa’s visit to Saleh was an attempt to drag the Police Commissioner’s office into flouting court orders, which he described as a wanton disregard to the law of the country. He, therefore, urged the Police boss to be guided in his future dealings with Bolarinwa and avoid any attempt to unduly drag his office into supporting, assisting, encouraging or aiding any form of disrespect or disobedience to  court orders. Balogun-Fulani asserted that he, the state Secretary, Prince Christopher Tunji Ayeni and the other state officers were properly and legally elected as executive members of the Kwara APC on the 19th of  May, 2018 and were consequently sworn into their respective offices for a period of four years noting that  they have consequently been performing their functions till date. We gathered that the Kwara State High Court had on 1 August, 2018 ordered Bolarinwa and other members of the caretaker committee to stop parading themselves or perform any function or duty specified for members of the state APC exco.


-Akinlolu Abayomi