A long-standing ally of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Prince Sunday Fagbemi has been elected as the new chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State.

Fagbemi, alongside 35 other executives who emerged through consensus, were affirmed by hundreds of party members in the state congress held on Saturday at the party secretariat in Ilorin, the state capital.

The congress was supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Congress Committee members appointed by the party’s National Caretaker Committee in Abuja.

Announcing the outcome of the consensus, the chairman of Congress Committee from party national headquarter, Prof Emmanuel Dandaura hailed the state chapter for the arrangement, describing it as one of the best in the country.

He said, “We started very well since our arrival. We held a stakeholders meeting where we explained the modalities and sought the buy-in of everyone and we are impressed by the conduct.

“After the screening, we established that one candidate each obtained form for each of the positions and we are therefore going for consensus in line with the guidelines of the party.

“I can confirm that APC Kwara is working as a family. Kwara APC is the most peaceful and orderly. I have had the privilege of conducting congresses in four states before and what I conducted here (Kwara) is one of the best.”

Notable APC stalwarts at the congress included the Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi; House of Assembly Speaker Yakubu Salihu-Danladi; Senators Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe; Lola Ashiru; House of Reps members; House of Assembly principal officers and members; cabinet members; APC National Chairmanship hopeful and Turaki Ilorin Mallam Saliu Mustapha; and several other party leaders.

Speaking, the new chairman pledged to lead “by example and work with everyone to strengthen the party”.

He said, “I thank His Excellency, our party leaders, elders and delegates for the confidence reposed in me. I also want to thank my predecessor, Alhaji Abdullahi Samari, for holding forth so well for the party. We will soon reel out our plans and we will start with genuine reconciliation of our brothers and sisters of the same family.

“We will be transparent in all our dealings. We will hit the ground running and will soon intimate the public on the direction we will take.”

Also elected into the party’s executive are Deputy State Chairman, Hon Abubakar Sanmari; State Secretary, Mustapha Ishowo; Assistant Secretary, Muhammad Jubril; Financial Secretary, Kure Yusuf; Publicity Secretary, Tajudeen Aro; Legal Adviser, Barr. Bolaji Edun; Treasurer, Umar Bello; Youth Leader, Lawal Sulaiman, and State Women Leader, Tawa Ishola Agaka.


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