The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in Kwara State, Bashir Bolarinwa has debunked the allegation that the governor was not consulted by the party before the campaign structure for the 2019 general elections was constituted.
Bolarinwa in a phone conversation with FactualTimes on Saturday said the governor suggested a unified campaign structure for the party to accommodate other aspirants and save cost after he was consulted on the matter by party leaders.
Kwara APC Chairman stated that Abdulrazaq nominated an architect, Kale Belgore, to be on the committee to form the campaign council after which he allegedly turned his back on the party.
Bolarinwa explained that the five-member committee comprises three APC Senatorial Chairmen, Party State Secretary and Kale Belgore.
“The governor has told the world the truth that he did not fund the campaign of the party. He was contacted and after approving the campaign structure headed by Chief Sunday Oyebiyi, the Senatorial Chairman of APC in Kwara North Senatorial zone, he nominated architect Kale Belgore to be on the campaign. The report of the committee was sent to him through his nominee but he turned his back and abandoned the party. We were desperate to win the election and change the status quo in the state. We approached Alhaji Lai Mohammed and it was the minister who funded the campaign of the party for the 2019 elections including the presidential campaign.” He explained
On the donations made to the party by governors and ministers which the governor said was not delivered to him, Bolarinwa said, “I don’t know anything about that, no donation made to the party was given to me.”
On allegation that the party did not join the governor in his campaign and that it was after the presidential election that the party joined him, Bolarinwa said, “It is a lie. I told you that we went and approached Alhaji Lai Mohammed who went and looked for money, I don’t know how and where he got the money but we went on campaign because we wanted to win the election.
The inaugurated Kwara APC Chairman however asked Abdulrazaq to account for campaign fund given him by the national leadership of the party.
”I think the Governor need to explain how he spent campaign fund given to him in Abuja. He didn’t carry us along; he collected the money alone.”.