(Last Updated On: July 18, 2017)
The Kwara Must Change group, which last week announced the launch of an initiative to recall Senate President Bukola Saraki by his constituency, has affirmed that it is not affiliated with any party.
In a statement on Monday, the group said a statement being featured in the national press in which the chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ilorin West Local Government Area, Alhaji Suleiman Bala, stated that it is unknown to the party confirms its authenticity.
“We thank the party chairman for further confirming that Kwara Must Change is not a group that seeks undue attention from politicians and political parties,” it said, describing KMC as a politically conscious organization made up of citizens from various political parties and non-parties alike.
“For the purpose of clarity, “Kwara Must Change” has been existing even before the formation of APC and our membership is made up of young and old people from across Kwara State, but more dominantly from Ilorin since this is the birth place of the organization,” it said.
The group stated that its current effort to recall Mr. Saraki is simply to exercise the right of the people to hire and fire a non-performing employee, in this case, the Senate President.
KMC also noted that if Mr. Bala, their “father” in APC says the group is not known to him, the reverse is the case with the group, whose members know him and the rest of its leaders, and disagree with their leadership style, which explains their determination to exercise their rights as guaranteed in the Constitution.
The group said it understands that as loyal party men, politicians particularly those in APC, would be under intense pressure to dissociate themselves from the group but cannot dissociate themselves from the hunger, hardship, and joblessness affecting their own children, friends and families.
“While they may come to the public to say they are against the recall of Dr. Saraki, who to a large extent, contributed negatively to the current state of things, we know that truly in their heart, they are in support of this patriotic move and we can’t, but pity their tight situation.”
In that regard, it asserted that genuine leaders of the people cannot be against the recall effort, because the larger percentage of their party members are victims of Saraki’s poor leadership and bad representation.
“They cannot be against this move, when all the decent Federal job slots belonging to Kwara Central that should be given to their children are either given to girlfriends or sold to highest bidders by the Senator and his aides,” KMC said. “Genuine leaders can’t be against this recall when graduates in Ilorin are only being occasionally considered for security jobs to protect those in charge of our collective resources, while the decent jobs go to the children of the already rich.”
KMC recalled that in March 2013, it created an online presence in not only to sensitize the general public, but to also carry its grassroots network along concerning events in the state.