Kwara APC Crisis: Lai Mohammed’s Faction Sues Saraki’s Loyalists


The Lai Mohammed's faction of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, in Kwara state has reportedly filed a suit against a group loyal to Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The litigating faction of the Minister of Information and Culture is challenging the Saraki-led group over the outcome of last Saturday’s  state party congresses.

The two groups were said to have held different congresses in Ilorin over the weekend.

In the suit filed on Monday at a state High Court, the prosecutors prayed the court to grant an order restraining the party’s national chairman, John Oyegun, and Mai-Mala Buni, from recognizing Ishola Fulani as the party’s new chairman in the state.

The suit which was filed by Bunmi Olusona and Toyin Ayinla, has the APC and Messers Oyegun, Buni and Fulani as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.

In the affidavit filed to support the case, Ayinla claimed he emerged the secretary of Kwara APC and Olusona as chairman.

The affidavit claimed that it was after they had held their own congress at the state secretariat “that we heard that a parallel congress held at the Kwara state Banquet Hall Ilorin”.

The claim reads in part: “That I know for a fact that the defendants are boasting around that nobody can stop them from according the 4th defendant recognition of the executive members of Kwara state.

“That I know as a fact that the defendants will not be prejudiced if this application granted. That it will be in the interest of justice and fair play to grant this application.”

Also, the claimants begged the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining Fulani and other executive members elected by the Saraki-led faction from “parading themselves as  members of the state APC exco”, pending the hearing and final decision by the court.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi,  senator Shaaba Lafiaji and state lawmakers loyal to Saraki were present at the congress held at the Banquet Hall.

However, other former loyalists, who fell out with him were present at the Lai Mohammed-led factional congress.

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