By DEMOLA AKINYEMI
ILORIN – Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Kwara State is now enmeshed in crisis over the 2015 gubernatorial ambitions of Muhammed Dele Belgore, SAN, and Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Vanguard investigations have revealed.
It was learnt that Belgore who was the governorship candidate of the party in the last election was repositioning himself to re-contest in 2015, unknown to him that the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lai Mohammed was also interested in taking a shot again having contested under the platform of Alliance for Democracy, AD, in 2003.
Further investigation showed that while Mohammed, who facilitated the gubernatorial candidacy of Belgore among the contending forces in the last election was capitalizing on his grip and influence in the party, to clinch the ticket. Belgore himself was reportedly banking on improving on his performance to win in the 2015 election.
It was further gathered that the scheme to make Mohammed the next gubernatorial candidate of ACN commenced immediately after Belgore lost out in the 2011 elections and the subsequent legal battle he instituted against the incumbent governor of the state, Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed, even as Mohammed’s supporters were said to have backed off from Belgore’s camp.
Vanguard also gathered that ahead of 2015, Mohammed has revived its political structure through a group known as Lai Mohammed Political Organization, LAMPO, to realise his ambition.
Sources said that apart from reviving his old structure, the ACN National Publicity Secretary had also commenced meetings with some party leaders in Isin, Oyun and Irepodun where he allegedly intimated them of his ambition.
The duo were also said to be fighting over the control of the state executives of the party a development that was said to be largely responsible for the lack or near absence of any elected leadership of the party in the state.
While a prominent motor dealer in Ilorin East with royal connection in Ilorin emirate is said to be the arrow head of the struggle to get the ACN’s guberatorial ticket for Lai Mohammed, Vanguard gathered that Belgore’s supporters who cut across the state have insisted that any attempt to withdraw the ticket from him would be resisted.
Contacted on telephone Alhaji Mohammed denied the development saying that members of the ruling party PDP in the state who were planted in ACN concocted the story.
‘’Its all lies, we are in peace; in fact we were together yesterday. The ruling party is afraid, because we are re-strategizing ahead of 2015 to take over Kwara State: that is why they are using all means to distract us and we wont be distracted, ‘he stressed.
Spokesman of the ACN gubernatorial candidate in the last election, Mr Rafiu Ajaikaye also described the development as a figment of imagination of those who were spreading it saying that his boss and Alhaji Mohammed are united in ensuring that the party wins the 2015 gubernatorial election.