Abdullahi Sanmari led All progressives Congress (APC) caucus in Kwara State has described the crisis rocking the party in the state as democracy is action said “APC is not a party of dummies, where one individual determines the destiny of and leads everybody by the nose in their own party”
Sanmari expressed this on Thursday while addressing pressmen at the NUJ, press centre, Ilorin on the recent physical assault that happened at the venue of proposed stakeholders meeting reportedly facilitated by the Senator John Danboi led national team of APC membership registration and revalidation exercise in kwara state.
According to him “as part of the activities to herald the membership registration and revalidation exercise, there was supposed to be a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss the modalities of how to go about the exercise in Kwara State. It is important to mention that this registration exercise is strictly coordinated by a seven-member Committee appointed by the National Caretaker Committee from Abuja. Our role as stakeholders is to support the committee led by distinguished Senator John Danboi to succeed in their assignment”
“The committee in its wisdom felt it was proper to properly brief all stakeholders in the party. The committee rightly generated a list of stakeholders that recut across all democratic tendencies within the party. Before proceeding, let me make it clear that there is nothing unusual about having tendencies within a party. Pluralism of opinion is healthy for democracy. What is not good is anyone resorting to self help or insisting on being right all the time. Such domineering attitude can only breed unsavoury development”
“Against this background gentlemen of the press, we condemn in the strongest terms possible the show of shame by erstwhile party chairman and my brother Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa and a few others who are clearly acting on the instruction of Minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed”
“Hon. BOB’s decision to disrupt the meeting that he was invited to as a leader of the party was unfortunate, in bad faith, and definitely contrary to the spirit of the meeting. BOB was willingly invited like others. Forcing himself through the unauthorised door with the aid of some thugs is an affirmation of the threat by some youths who had threatened violence if they do not have their way is uncalled for. Violence helps no one. We can disagree to agree. As I said above, whatever that is happening is within what is accommodated in a democracy”
“This does not make us enemies to one another. We call for decorum and civility even if and when we do not agree on every issue as human beings. We sincerely apologise to the Senator Danboi Committee, which witnessed the show of shame, and to the government which had given us access to the State Banquet Hall. We also apologise to other invitees that were already seated at the time of this show of shame”
“It is important to also state that the unfortunate incident does not define our party and we urge any aggrieved persons to never resort to violence. We have since moved on. We welcome contrary opinion as long as such is aired peacefully and within the confines of the law. We are not a party of dummies where one individual determines the destiny of and leads everybody by the nose in their own party”
He, however disclosed that, the stakeholders meeting, which had earlier been postponed, will hold before the week runs out.