The crisis within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State reached its climax last week with the elimination of Bashir Bolarinwa as the caretaker chairman of the party within the state.
The protracted crisis has damaged the party into two factions and pitted Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq against the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a struggle for the management of the party.
Mr Bolarinwa, who’s loyal to the minister, was eliminated by the Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni-led national caretaker committee of the party last Tuesday and changed with Abdullahi Samari.
While the faction loyal to the governor swiftly lauded the development, party members on the side of Mr Mohammed see the hand of the governor in it and have been made even angrier.
The state’s lawmakers, however, have endorsed the elimination of Mr Bolarinwa and decried his public criticism of the state government.
Since APC regained management of Kwara following a sweeping victory within the 2019 general elections within the state, the party has been in a crisis.
The defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by former Senate President Bukola Saraki within the state was made possible by the coalition of forces of the opponents of the Saraki household.
As a minister and the best political office holder within the state after Mr Saraki and his loyalists defected to the PDP, Mr Mohammed naturally coordinated the efforts of the coalition.
The APC message within the 2019 general election was a call to Kwarans to end the hegemony of the Saraki family which had put in each elected government within the state.