Both are quiet and not making noise in the crisis rocking the Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC).
But Hon. Mashood Mustapha (MM) and Alh. Jani Ibrahim, mni are solidly in Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s corner. And they have become very visible and have gone public in associating with the Leader of APC in Kwara State.
MM and Alh. Jani attended the Kwara APC Stakeholders meeting on party Registration held at Banquet Hall, Ilorin last week.
Jani was also at the Offa Stakeholders rally held for Gov. AbdulRazaq last Sunday.
In the wake of the EndSARS protest that destroyed businesses in Ilorin, MM and Jani visited Gov. AbdulRazaq in Government House and each contributed N1 million to the Support Fund of the Government for the victims.
The significance of the duo’s support for the Governor in the APC Crisis lies in their monstrous political influence and networking capacity.
MM was the arrowhead of the Parallel Congress at Arca Santa, Ilorin in 2018 that produced Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa as Chairman. BOB paid the former Federal Lawmaker courtesy call the day after the congress to convey his appreciation.
MM was a frontline APC gubernatorial candidate in 2018 who was disqualified midway into the contest. But he was the first to throw his support for the Governor as a candidate and to offer his Secretariat and group infrastructure for the AbdulRazaq’s use for campaign.
MM has publicly declared himself an ally of the Governor and has appreciated the Governor for appointing members of MM Group into his government.
Alh. Jani Ibrahim, a celebrated industrialist, is an influential stakeholder and Chairman of the respected Kwara APC Strategy Group (ASG).
ASG played a significant role in the 2019 elections in Kwara state, reconciling warring leaders and sponsoring advocacy and publicity programmes for APC and its candidates (from the President to the down ballot candidates).
Jingles and promotional materials sponsored by ASG for the ongoing APC Party Registration exercise are also now dominating the air waves and are generally in public domain.
Alh. Jani was not only at the Kwara APC Stakeholders programme last week, he attended the Offa APC rally held for the Governor in Offa last Sunday.
Kwara APC Chieftain, Oloriewe Raheem Adedoyin who is close associate of the Governor and the two titanic stakeholders said the political alignment is good for the party and the state.
We all know the wide tentacles of the MM group and the fighting spirit of Mashood Mustapha himself and the awesome networking and financial muscle of Jani. It speaks to the Governor’s strategic prowess to have these two influencers with him.