By kehinde Emmanuel, Ilorin
Hon Mashood Mustapha has stated that only true reconciliation of aggrieved aspirants, stakeholders and members within All Progressives Congress in Kwara state would help the party win elective posts come 2019.
Hon. Mashood Mustapha popularly call MM disclosed this during the weekend while addressing his supporters at MM Campaign Secretariat located along Fate Road, Ilorin.
He thanked thousands of his supporters who attended the meeting for their support, loyalty and prayers despite the fallout of Kwara APC governorship primary election, adding that the massive turnout shows the formidable structure he built remain intact and strong.
While narrating the event that led to his illegal disqualification on the day of primary election (October 6, 2018) said some elements within the party orchestrated it, to make their preferred candidate emerge as APC flagbearer.
According to him: “We uncovered moves by some selfish elements within the party hierarchy to ensure emergence of a particular aspirant. This information prompted us to double our efforts in build to primaries and visited all the local government in the state to solicit for APC members’ support”.
“The reception we received throughout the tour was impressive and encouraging as I sell my candidacy to party members. One day to the primaries we secured endorsement of Kwara North during a meeting organized at Senator Ahmed Ahmed’s residence in presence of stakeholders from five local government areas in the state”.
“I guess my detractors within the party decided to issue illegal disqualification statement on Harmony FM to stop my impeding victory at the primary election. It’s really sad and disheartening but we now know what to do in future. Nobody lose in a race like this, you only gathered more experience that will be useful for your next level”
Hon. Mustapha told his group that APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has disowned the disqualification letter and pledge to issue him public apology. “Imagine; our national chairman disowned the letter. Comrade Oshiomhole has promised to issue public apology that will be circulated in different media houses across the country. He also directed new National Publicity Secretary to brief the press about the development”
Hon Mashood Mustapha also described the meeting with President Muhammed Buhari during the week as another plot to cover-up impunity and injustice happening in Kwara APC.
“Meeting of the Stakeholders and aspirants with President Muhammadu Buhari was staged by the same elements that perpetrated the evil act during the primary election to cover their mess. The national leadership needs to reconcile aggrieved members, if we want to win 2019 general elections.” He added.
The former Federal lawmaker, however, assured his teeming supporters across the 16 local government in the state that he will protect their interest within the party and ensure that they are properly updated.
Meanwhile he talked about how he was magnanimous rejected premature support for a party governorship candidate and told them frankly that MM Group is bigger than him and Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq must seek for MM group support not Mashood Mustpatha’s support only. He (Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq) is planning to visit MM Group soon to formally seek for their support ahead of 2019 general elections.
He reiterated that he will not work against APC interest as we approach next general election. The meeting was attended by Mashood Mustapha Campaign Organisation; Director General, Chief Raimi Adedoyin, (Kwara South) Deputy Director General, Honourable Sabi, (Kwara North) and 16 local government coordinators and other personalities numerous to mention