By Abiodun Esan
Bolarinwa, who was evidently absent from the APC Delegates Congress held at its secretariat on Reservation Road, was however elected in absentia.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Bolarinwa belonged to the group loyal to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture.
The group held its state convention peacefully, attended by over 1,000 delegates from across the state.
reports that prior to the election of state executives, the presidents of the party’s local governments were officially sworn in by Mr. Sarafa Ibrahim Esq., who took the oath to them.
Bolarinwa, along with 35 other new members of the executive, emerged from a consensus agreement and affirmative process.
Dr Bolaji Afolabi, who served as returning officer, said the new executive emerged from the wish of majority party members and congress delegates.
Afolabi said Article 20, section 1 (a) of the CPA Constitution provides for the affirmation of agreement by consensus by members of the delegates.
reports that before the start of the elections, delegates were seen shouting the name of Bashir Bolarinwa as their preferred candidate for the post of state chairman of the party.
When the returning officer called out his name as chairman, the venue erupted into ecstasy as delegates sang and dance while asserting Bolarinwa as chairman.
The other leaders elected by affirmation were Chief Theophilus Oyebiyi as vice-president; Issa Isiaka Agboji, secretary; Abolaji Olaide Rahmat, Women Leader, and Joseph Ndanusa Tsado, President of the Senate (North).
Others were AbdulRaheem Yusuf Akorede, President of the Senate (Central); Mr. Rasak Alabi (South) while Mr. Sunkanmi Afolayan emerged as the youth leader, among other officials.
Speaking to reporters after the congress, the newly elected vice president (Oyebiyi) said he was satisfied with the conduct of delegates at the congress.
“As you can see, over 1,000 delegates have confirmed the new executive and we are ready to move the party forward with activities that will attract more people to the party,” he said.
He said the group had adequately informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Party’s National Secretariat of its congress, adding: “we hope to see them before we leave the premises.”
He said, however, that the new president (Bolarinwa) could not come to the congress venue for certain reasons.
“BOB is absent for one reason or another, but as you can see people have called for his return to the presidency and that is the wish of the majority members of our party,” he said.
Were present at the congress Yaman Abdullahi, member of the Federal Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission; Representative Ganiyu Cook Olododo from the House of Representatives representing the constituency of Ilorin East / South, and Mr. Saheed Popoola from the State House Assembly.
The other leaders were Dr. Hezekiah Oyedepo, Mr. Abdulkadir Abdulkareem, Dr. Baki, Mr. Abdulwaheed Nuhu and the 16 presidents of local governments.
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