Kwara State Elders caucus of the All Progressives Congress, on Thursday, demanded the immediate suspension of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, over alleged anti-party activities.
The caucus accused the minister of factionalising the APC in the state.
They also called for Mohammed’s sack as a minister because “he is no longer fit to represent the interest of people of Kwara state.”
But another faction of APC loyal to the minister threatened to invoke Section 21 of the party’s Constitution against Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for alleged anti-party activities.
The group at a press conference addressed by the factional legal adviser of the party loyal to the minister, Mr. Oladimeji Mustapha, said that the Elders caucus lacked the power to demand the minister’s suspension, saying that the APC constitution does not recognise them.
“There is no elder caucus in the constitution of APC and therefore, the call for the suspension and removal from office of the minister was baseless and uncalled for and lack locus stand,’’ he noted.
Members of the Kwara APC elders’ caucus at a press conference in Ilorin on Thursday by their spokesperson, Prince Sunday Fagbemi, had accused the minister of opening and running a parallel party secretariat in the state.
Prominent elders at the conference include Chief Wole Oke, Mr Kunle Sulaiman, Alhaji Abdulmumeen Katibi, Chief Titus Ashaolu, SAN, Senator Simeon Ajibola, Senator Mohammed Ahmed, among others.
Mustapha said, “The action of Alhaji Lai Mohammed has clearly shown to everyone that the crisis that has bedeviled our party in Kwara state was not precipitated by the erstwhile chairman of the party, Alhaji Bashir Bolarinwa. Bolarinwa was just a tool in the hands of Alhaji Lai to destroy the APC in Kwara State.’’