The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara, Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa, has stated the reason why he dragged the National Caretaker and Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee to court.
The Elites Watch has reliably monitored that Bolarinwa on a popular national television station ChannelsTv programme tagged ‘PoliticsToday’made this disclosure this evening where it had Seun Okinbaloye as the moderator and Sydney Ibanichuka as a Legal Consultant to Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
Bolarinwa said, “ You’re aware our party portends great dangers ahead if these legal questions are not asked. So the reason i went to court is to assist the party get answers to various questions ahead of future engagements.
“ Having regard to section 183 and 223 of the Nigeria Constitution and Article 17 (iv) and 18 (ii) of the APC Constitution, I as a member of the party, sought the court to determine wether a sitting Governor can as well occupy another executive position within his period as a Governor.
“Our Party’s constitution is clear, The decision of the NEC to constitute the Caretaker Committee or any committee whatsoever shall be binded by the BOT ratification, but unfortunately we do not have any BOT in place in our party.
“So, the court which is the eye of law is sought to determine wether the constitution of our party conforms with the formation of the CECPC or not.”
Speaking on behalf of the Yobe State Governor, Sydney Ibanichuka Esq fumes that the CECPC led by Gov. Buni is not daunted over litigations he’s faced within and outside the party as he alleged that people masquerading as members of the party will be shocked when the case is thrown out of court. He affirmed that the Caretaker Committe is just an assignment based committee which is not tenure-bound.
Sydney furthered that nobody can sue a sitting Governor either in his private capacity or as a sitting Governor which gives hope that the court cases is “dead on arrival”.
Responding to Sydney’s allegation, Bolarinwa denounced that he’s not one of those that is masquerading as a member of the party, he boasted that he led the party to 100% victory at the 2019 elections in Kwara State.
“ Let me correct my friend in the studio there, I’m not one of those that is masquerading to be a member of the party, By his grace, I led the party to record 100% victory in the last elections which ousted Sen. Bukola Saraki rule in Kwara state.
“while I’ll agree with you that , conventionally the governor is the leader of the party in any state, I’ll say It’s unfortunate in our own state. One thing is for someone to assume leadership of a state and it is one thing to be able to display what leadership is all about,” he added.
Asking about the internal mechanism explored by the Party Caretaker Chairman of the state chapter before heading to court, Bolarinwa said, “Yes, All those avenues have been fully explored, by the time we get to court, I believe all these will be settled.
In his final address, Sydney said the CECPC is ready to go into Party’s Local Government Congresses by September, he boasted that the Buni-led National Caretaker Committe is a moving ship and a sailing ship, thereby urging others to ‘join’.
While asking what will be his fate if the court eventually ruled in his favour or otherwise, Bolarinwa noted that “It’s a win win situation for him and whatever the outcome is, he’ll gladly accept it as the court is the final hope of a common man.
“Whatever the court decides, the party will be very clear amidst doubts rising from every quarters. And as for me I’ll gladly accept the decision of the court as it’s the hope of a common man”.
It should be recall that a similar case is also before the Federal High Court in Abuja with suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/938/2021 filed by hundrends aggrieved members of the party in Benue State seeking dissolution of the 13-member committee and nullification of all their actions forthwith.
Kabir Olanrewaju Ishowo is a Kwara-Born, a community developer, An Online Media Practioner and the CEO/Publisher of Gistmeblog247.