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Why Irepodun Stakeholders Shunned Bolarinwa’s Divisive Meeting

The main reason why Irepodun Stakeholders shunned Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa’s divisive meeting has been revealed.

The controversial meeting of the All Progressives Congresses (APC) Stakeholders in Irepodun Local Government called by the Kwara State Chairman, Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa yesterday was boycotted by the major Stakeholders.

The Stakeholders had carried out their threat not to attend the parley that had no clear agenda and was deemed unnecessary.

A Leader of the Irepodun Elders Consultative Forum, Sir Chief Teju Adeyemi formally conveyed the message of the Stakeholders to the State Chairman.

Sir Adeyemi’s message read:
“Good day sir. Further to my suggestion to you earlier today concerning the meeting slated for 1 pm today and having consulted widely across the Irepodun LGA, I am convinced there is need to reschedule the meeting till next Thursday to allow good attendance by stakeholders. Notice to even some of us has been too short. This is my prayer to you on behalf of Irepodun Elders Consultative Forum . Thank you Mr chairman. Sir chief Joseph T Adeyemi”

The State Chairman assured Chief Adeyemi that he would respect the Elders’ decision. He did not.

Why Irepodun Stakeholders Shunned Bolarinwa's Divisive Meeting
Kwara APC Chairman, Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa

Members of the Elders Consultative Forum include Dr. Hezekiel Oyedepo (Chairman), Hon. Raheem Olawuyi (Ajuloopin), Hon Olayemi Olabanji (APC Kwara South Chairman), Sir Chief Teju Adeyemi, Alh. Olanrewaju (Sir K), Gen. Lasisi Olanrewaju, Mr. Tele Adedokun, Oloriewe Raheem Adedoyin, Barr. Teju Oguntoye, Mr. Debo Adeleke, Hon. Tayo Awodiji, Prince Samuel Alebiosu, Mr. Femi Ajibade, Chief Gbenga Awoyale (Orisun), Rev. Abel Agboola Adewumi (APC state Officer), Dr. Bashir Ibrahim, Barr. Rasak Alabi, Mrs Abosede Aremu (Honourable Commissioner), Princess Bukola Babalola (Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor), Prof. Wale Sulaiman (Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters), Mr. AbdulAzeez Goke (AGK), Mr. Shola Odetundun, Dr. Seyi Adigun, Hon. Segun Agboola, Alh. Raimi Omoniyi, Mr. David Buoye, Comrade Sina Ogundele, Alh. Lamidi Olaoye and Dr. Ibrahim Ayanda (Secretary).

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The Secretary, Dr. Iyanda confirmed that a notice was sent to the Consultative Elders that the meeting would not hold and all the elders obeyed. None of them attended the meeting.

A member of the Consultative Elders Forum, Oloriewe Raheem Adedoyin decried the posturing of the State Chairman.

” What was in full display yesterday was the arrogance and flawed leadership of Hon. Bolarinwa. He feels too big to ever call anyone but our elders called him and advised him to postpone the meeting. He concurred but still went ahead to hold a meeting with purported stakeholders.

” Irepodun is peaceful, our Party Chairman attends party meeting called by BOB. We welcomed him when he visited Irepodun recently. Why is he now looking for trouble when there is need for none”

Adedoyin pointed out the hypocrisy of the chairman’s peace mission to Irepodun.

“The state chairman has appointed himself a defacto deputy who follows him about. But the irony of it is that Ifelodun and Isin are where APC is almost irredeemably factionalized in Kwara state. Why is the Chairman and his defacto deputy running away from starting their peace mission from their fractured local governments?”

Adedoyin said that despite the state chairman’s destabilisation attempt, “Irepodun remains united in its support for the party structure and its unshakable partnership with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.”

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