Factions belonging to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed held two
parallel state congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took
place in Ilorin on Saturday.
While the faction loyal to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki,
held its congress at the Banquet Hall opposite the Government House,
another congress by a faction loyal to the Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, took place at Arca Santa Event
Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed, APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji
Abdullahi, Sen Shaaba Lafiaji and lawmakers representing the state at
the National Assembly and state House of Assembly were present at the
congress held at the Banquet Hall.
Saraki, while speaking at the congress commended members of the party
for the peaceful conduct of the ward and local government congresses.
He said most of the executive members at the wards and local
government level were youths, adding that this was a sign of good
things to come in 2019.
“In 2019, it will be a test for the youths to demonstrate their
ability to take charge in the state,” he said.
Saraki, however, appealed to the delegates to comport themselves in an
orderly and peaceful manner.
The party’s Chairman, Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani, commended members
for their conduct during the last two congresses of the party.
The congress held at Arca Santa Hall had Moshood Mustapha, a former
Special Assistant to the Senate President on Special Duties and
Inter-Parliamentary Affairs in attendance.
Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin, a former Commissioner for Information under
the Saraki administration, was also in attendance.
Also present was a former Secretary to the State Government under the
Saraki administration, Alhaji Ganiyu Cook-Olododo.
In Saraki faction, Alhaji Ishola Balogun Fulani was returned as State
Chairman, Hon. Christopher Tunji Ayeni, Secretary; Alhaji Buhari
Sulaiman, Publicity Secretary and Hajiya Rahmat Oganija, Women Leader.
However, executive members of the two factions emerged through
While delegates at the Banquet Hall still cast their votes in spite
of the fact that the candidates had no opponents, those at the Arca
Santa Hall only affirmed the return of candidates.
Alhaji Moshood Bolarinwa emerged the state chairman of the faction
loyal to the minister while Mallam Abdullahi Samari was affirmed the
Others were Alhaji Abdulganiyu Saka, Secretary; Abegunde Goge,
Assistant Secretary; Rahmat Abolaji Women leader; and Samuel Isaac,
Also included were Mr Olayemi Olabanji, Kwara South Senatorial
Chairman; Sulyman Yahaya , Kwara Central Senatorial Chairman; and
Raheem Usman, Kwara North Senatorial Chairman.
Kayode Oyin-Zubair emerged Publicity Secretary of the faction while
Abiola Nasir was affirmed Financial Secretary, with Wahila Sakariyah
becoming the Organising Secretary.