Last Saturday’s Federal House of Representatives by-elections held in Katsina, Kwara and Bauchi States have been described as an indicator to the popular acceptance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the rejection of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by Nigerians.
Making the analogy in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on Thursday, a chieftain of the APC in the State, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, also pointed out that the outcome of the by-elections was a parable to the duo of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, that their political reign had come to an end.
Eze, who is also a former ally of the duo National Assembly leaders, noted that the by-elections, held on the eve of the upcoming general elections, was a divine instruction, intended to emphasize that the APC had come to change Nigeria for good, also to stamp the fact that those who used to determine the destinies of millions of Nigerians negatively will no longer have access to public offices as the people are now free to reject them without consequences.
It would be recalled that the by-elections were held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, in Katsina, Kwara and Bauchi; the home states of President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara respectively and the polls were all cleared by the APC. It would also be recalled that Senator Saraki and Hon Dogara had defected from the APC to the PDP earlier in the year.
“Most importantly the APC success in these states signifies the general acceptance of President Muhammadu Buhari as the true leader of our present generation and eclipse of the political careers of some political heavyweights like the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Barr Yakubu Dogara who recently decamped from the ruling APC to PDP whose notoriety and looting of our common patrimony with impunity led to most of the economic challenges currently facing Nigeria.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) convincingly won the by-election into the Kankiya/Kusada/Ingawa federal constituency seat of Katsina State; Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State and that of /lrepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero federal constituency of Kwara State while in Katsina, the APC candidate Abubakar Kusada polled 48,518 votes beating his closest rival, the PDP candidate, Abdussamad Abdullah, who polled 20, 193 votes. APC also through Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu, won the by-election in Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi having scored a total vote of 22,317 to lead his close rival of the PDP candidate, Alhaji Shehu Buba who polled 18,235 votes to come second. In Kwara the APC’s candidate Olawuyi scored 21,236 votes to beat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Saheed Alatise who polled 18,095 votes.
“This demonstrates, not minding all the PDP propaganda, that the electorate was still enthusiastic about APC and the President Buhar’s administration. What the people of Bauchi and Kwara have done to both Barr Dogara and Dr Saraki respectively is that they are going to be politically buried come February 2019 and I am sure that both Saraki and Dogara would be politically retired by the good people of Kwara and Bauchi for having poorly represented their people and frustrated most of the good programs of the APC administration”, he said.
He, however, congratulated the people of Katsina, Bauchi and Kwara states for once again demonstrating that there are truly patriotic Nigerians, saying “kudos to the Minster of Information and the current political leader of Kwara State, Lai Mohammed and the entire Kwara people for freeing themselves from Saraki who have enslaved them all these years, mis-mismanaged their economic and political rights over the years.
“I urge Nigerians to continue to support and keep faith with the administration of President Buhari as he is on a divine mission to make Nigeria the great nation that God has destined her to be”.
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government would bring about the desired transformation envisioned for Kwara state when it assumes power in 2019.
Mohammed made the statement on Sunday while addressing thousands of APC supporters in his home town of Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara.
The supporters were on a solidarity visit to the minister over the party’s victory in the just concluded by-election won by its candidate, Raheem Olawuyi.
The minister said that the people of the state were yet to fully harness the positive impact of the present administration’s people oriented policies and programmes.
According to him, with the emergence of the party’s candidate, Abdulrahman Abdulrasak, 2019 general elections would bring about the desired growth, progress and development in the state.
He described the just concluded Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency by-election in the state as an eye opener, saying that it was the first time the state witnessed an election devoid of molestation and harassment.
The minister, who described the election as credible, free and fair, said the adequate deployment of security personnel for the election which was being misconstrued by the PDP led state government, was basically to maintain law and order.
“This is the first time the state is witnessing an election where people would not be subjected to act of harassment and intimation due to adequate security which provided a level playing ground.
“Perpetrators of such violence of act in the years past are not always apprehended because that is the only weapon being employed to win elections by those who thought the state belongs to them.
“I want to assure that this is just the beginning of many good things to come the way of the state as we have not fully utilised the goodies of President Muhammad Buhari.
“But come 2019 when our candidate takes over the mantle of leadership, the party will surely make the difference in terms of good governance,” he said.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara on Monday said it had uncovered plans by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the forthcoming by-election in some wards across the affected Local Government Areas (LGAs).
Mr Femi David, the Media aide to Mr Raheem Olawuyi, the APC candidate for the by-election, made this known to newsmen in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.
David said there was an underground plan specifically to rig the election in Ajase Wards 1 and 2 in Irepodun Local Government area and other flash points notable for such dastard act in previous elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had scheduled a by-election in respect of four local governments making up Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara for Nov. 17.
This development followed the death of Rep. Funke Adedoyin, the last occupant of the constituency slot and the subsequent declaration of her seat vacant by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
David said the aforementioned wards which were home to a serving commissioner in the state were known to be breeding ground for the opposition in perpetrating their dastard acts.
He noted that it was the same wards where the said commissioner had recently embarked on discreet move tagged empowerment scheme where prospective voters cum beneficiaries were compelled to sworn to oath of secrecy.
According to him, we had it on good authority that some of the affected voters and beneficiaries, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were hoodwinked into the meeting in the name of empowerment scheme.
David, however, called on security agencies to ensure that these areas as highlighted by the party as being prone to electoral fraud were given adequate priority and surveillance.
He urged he security agencies to beam their searchlight on Ilala and Buhari Wards of the same council for prompt surveillance.
David said this would forestall a breakdown of law and order and ensure free, fair and credible elections.
He urged the Police in particular, the Civil Defence Corps to be on red alert in all the towns and villages across the affected councils to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
“While the APC is ready and willing to cooperate with INEC and other stakeholders toward ensuring a free, fair and credible election.
“We will not fold our arms while the PDP has a field day perpetrating their heinous act and taking laws into their hands,’’ David said.
Malam Garuba Madami, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, had few days ago, during a stakeholders’ meeting in Omu-Aran, called on parties to maintain peace and play the game according to the rules.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Saheed Oyelowo, the PDP Chairman in Irepodun Local Government Area, in a reaction, described the allegation as unfounded and baseless.
He said there was no iota of truth in the allegation, saying it was the handiwork of some disgruntled elements, who were bent on tarnishing the image of the party.
As part of the effort to wrestle power from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, and resolving the crisis emanating from the fallout of the All Progresives Congress (APC) party primaries, the Special Assistant to the President on IDPs (Social Investments), Mr. Mohammed Brimah, prominent youth of the party led by the Party State Youth leader and members representing the 16 Local Government Areas of the State have formed a 20-man committee with the aim of reconciling aggrieved party members and stakeholders in the State.
The group chaired by Mr. Brimah held its inaugural meeting on the 9th November 2018 at the state headquarters of the Kwara Alliance for Buhari/Osinbajo in Ilorin, in a bid to strategize on the best way to implement their strategy.
While addressing the members, Mr. Brimah said, “We can not pretend to be unaware of some form of injustice done to some people during and after the party primaries in the state. We must acknowledge that it can be frustrating and painful to be on the receiving end of this. Therefore, we must begin to implement a pragmatic and lasting reconciliation strategy. We must ensure all interests are accommodated at all levels to a very reasonable extent.
“The fact remains that we must see the challenges as a family affair and we can not allow the opposition to reap from it. We must not allow the imminent victory of the APC in Kwara to be truncated. We must protect the struggle to achieve the needed liberation that brought us together in the first place and work together for victory.”
Mr. Brimah further said that the younger generation has more stake in the prosperity of the State and the country at large and must see themselves as the major stakeholders in the struggle for peace and development of the State.
The Reconciliation Committee is expected, in a short time, to meet with the party executives and all the aspirants, who contested for the party’s Governorship, Senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly primaries.
Elites Network for Sustainable Development ENetSuD, a Kwara-based Civil Society Organization, has lauded Kwara State Government (KWSG) on its improved reform that led to an increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the State.
In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Dr. Alagbonsi Abdullateef and made available to Journalists, ENetSuD stated that “IGR of Kwara State has commendably improved in recent times, which had greatly contributed to the total revenue of the state and has been sustaining it, especially at the period of dwindling FAAC allocation. Year-by-year analysis of the Total revenue of Kwara state since 2012 showed a significant decline since 2015, which could be related to the dwindling FAAC allocation caused by recession and oil price.
Interestingly, FAAC has been gradually increasing since 2016 (though below pre-recession periods like 2013 and 2014), and there is a possibility that the total revenue at the end of 2018 will equate or even surpass that of 2013, considering the fact that the monthly net FAAC to Kwara state has averagely remained around 3.5 billion since December 2017” (Figures 1 and 2).
The KWSG, in its efforts to increase and diversify its revenue base for financial freedom and bolster efficacy in governance, signed the Kwara State Revenue Administration Law (Law No. 6 of 2015) on 22ndJune 2015, which made the old Board of Internal Revenue defunct and gave birth to the current Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS). The current KW-IRS has significantly increased the State IGR compared to the periods that precede its formation.
The impact of the current system of IGR in Kwara is evident from the percentage contribution of IGR to the annual total revenue in the state. For instance, between 2012 and 2015 when KW-IRS was formed, 2014 was the year with the highest percentage contribution of IGR to the total revenue of the state (22%), followed by 2013 (21.6%), while 2015 has the lowest (17.4%).
However, it is interesting to note that IGR has significantly contributed to the total revenue of the state since 2016. Specifically, the contributions of IGR to the State revenue in 2016 (40.1%), 2017 (37.2%) and 2018 (33.0%) are comparably higher than the years that precedes the creation of KW-IRS, even though the dwindling FAAC since 2016 could be an important confounder (Figure 3).
Considering the unique importance of IGR to the economic viability of a state (especially in the era of unstable FAAC Allocation), responsible and patriotic citizens are expected to play their role in growing the economy by paying their taxes regularly. We are appealing to the citizens and residents of Kwara State to pay their taxes accordingly.
Commending the Administration of Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed on the effective taxation system towards boosting the revenue base of the state, the group encouraged the KW-IRS to improve its citizens-friendly tax mechanism.
“We are of the conviction that Kwarans will voluntarily continue to cooperate with Government on payment of taxes if the State Infrastructural Development commensurate with the taxes that are being paid. We therefore urge the KWSG to provide value for the tax-payers money” ENetSuD said.
Many aspects of the economy in the state, including Education, Health, Road infrastructure, Environment, etc, need urgent attention of KWSG. For instance, we have repeatedly called the attention of KWSG to the pitiable condition of school infrastructure across the state. Many of the school buildings are dilapidated, and need urgent attention of the government.
On health, the creation of State Health Insurance Scheme, and the commitment of 1% of the State Annual Consolidated Revenue Fund to the Scheme is commendable. However, the sector needs improvement in terms of manpower and facilities. The uncountable numbers of bad roads in the state also need the quick intervention of the government within the limit of the available resources.
Advising the KWSG on the need to improve IGR outside tax payment by citizens is of interest to us. The government should explore all the possible ways to attract investors to Kwara state, which will boost its economy. Investing in the agricultural sector to diversify the economy is also sacrosanct.
While the practice of removing 500 million naira monthly as Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K) from the IGR is good, KWSG is again urged to be prudent in spending, and make more savings from the available resources.
Mohammed Brimah, Special Assistant on IDPs to President Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned Senate President Bukola Saraki’s statement alleging that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), does not have the interest of Kwara and Kwarans in its agenda.
Saraki, while receiving defectors into the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in his home state had stated that “ever since I left the party (APC) as your representative at the National level, who among those calling themselves APC members in Kwara today have been included in any National affairs of APC?”
“If you ask those following them what they have benefited, aside fighting Saraki, nothing tangible will they be able to point at. Is that a party that Nigerians need at the moment?”
Responding to the claims, Brimah, at a meeting with members of the Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), in Abuja, debunked Saraki’s claim and described it as figment of his imagination.
Brimah, who also hails from Kwara State, explained that the Buhari-led administration has stood its ground in committing to youth inclusiveness and participation.
In his words: “President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has spent a total of ?4,105,372,257 in positively impacting the lives of both the young and old in Kwara State.
“The Buhari-led administration has also empowered over 14,000 Kwara youths through one of the Social Investment Programmes – Npower. Another 13,067 beneficiaries are currently benefiting from the Government Enterprise & Empowerment Programme (GEEP). Presently, 13,809 Kwarans are beneficiaries of National Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP).
“In few weeks, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) will be visiting Kwara state to launch the Trader Moni scheme for another set of 35,000 petty traders in Kwara State. These traders will be supported with loans to strengthen the federal government’s commitment to financial inclusion.”
The presidential aide also enjoined the supporters of President Buhari in the state to always ignore the offensive speeches by Saraki, reminding them that he has shown that he is a very dangerous person who can go any length to promote his personal interests.
“One would think with the experience and position Saraki currently holds, he would managed to play the role of a nationalist and a statesman, but sadly, rather than protect the interest of Nigeria both locally and internationally, he has been at the forefront of frustrating the efforts of President Buhari to reposition the country and make things happen.
“Saraki’s ever failing integrity test and litany of corruption charges against him are now manifesting in his loyalists and aides,” Brimah said.
Recall that Saraki’s anointed candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial election in Kwara State, Hon Razak Atunwa, is already engulfed in in certificate forgery scandal. Report has it that the PDP’s governorship Candidate, Mr. Atunwa did not participate in Nigeria’s compulsory national youth service scheme (NYSC). Instead, he procured a forged discharge certificate of NYSC which he submitted to the PDP to prove his eligibility for public office.
Similarly, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Saraki’s aide, Gbenga Makanjuola, for an alleged fraud of N3.5bn. Also, documents revealed that Abiola Aiyegbayo, wife of Bamikole Omisore, Special Adviser on International Relations to Saraki, has been receiving monthly salaries of N151,788 from the Senate without rendering any service to the National Assembly.
Additionally, Saraki is having a running battle with the Nigerian Police over his alleged linkage to the wide-ranging robbery operation that resulted in the death of 33 people in Offa, Kwara State in April.
Brimah, in his closing remarks, urged the youths and support groups in the state to embark on an aggressive campaign for the APC and vote massively for all the party’s candidate in the 2019 general elections.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced Alhaji Abdulrahaman AbdulRasaq as the Kwara State governorship candidate of the party.
According to spokesman Yekini Nabena, Alhaji AbdulRasaq polled 29,098 votes to defeat Alhaji Yammah Abdullahi – 22,116, Alhaji Lukeman Mustapha – 14,233, Prof.Oba Abu – 23,298, Alhaji Hakeem Lawal – 18,758, Alhaji Mooshood Murtala – 9,511, Isaq Modibbo Kawu – 5,060, Alhaji Yakubu Gobar – 2,420 and Tajudeen Makama Audu – 3,127.
Other governorship candidates are Yahaya Kaale Saadu of Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA) party, Kolawole Sarafadeen Africa Peoples Alliance (APA).
Prince Ayorinde Adedoyin has also emerged the governorship candidate of the Accord Party
The pains being endured by the downtrodden and average residents facing daily challenges of poor economic activities, insecurity and other social malaise, as a result of selfish leadership that has imposed unquantifiable hardship on the common people in our society, deserves a holistic evaluation, in order to create an enabling environment to rescue the people from the oppressors that have ruled Kwara State ingloriously, with iron fist on peoples’ common wealth in the last fifteen years.
It’s unfathomable to imagine that Kwara State rank lowest in terms of infrastructural development among contemporary States created in 1967, if this generation cannot be held responsible for the sordid past under the last generation, at least this generation should be accountable for the poor governance under their watch.
It’s expected of the change crusaders to raise their heads up and creating a glorious future should be the utmost preoccupation of their minds; focus should be targeted towards creating a remarkable vision for GENUINE SERVICES TO THE MASSES. The people must be determined to achieve a change of orientation amongst the populace, from servitude towards independence, this is achievable only if ranks are closed and harmonisation of genuine interest without blackmailing the choice candidate to fly the ticket of the APC at the governorship election.
At every election circle, it’s been a contest between the opposition against a political cliché led by Dr Bukola Saraki. In 2007, 2011 and 2015, he took advantage of the divisions among the opposing party, he planted informants and hatchet men, to distract the fold and facilitated emergence of candidates he can easily defeat at polls, he won then, but never again.
The ultimate test abound again, instead of harnessing their potentials, commission committees, raise a movement towards effective sensitisation of the electorates and mobilisation of voters to our kitty ahead of the 2019 general election, the opposition have been busy in the expedition to outwit one another in contest where only one person can become the flag bearer. Among those tagged moles, there are innocent personalities who are mere victims of circumstances, among those regarded as independent minded, you will surely find sympathisers of Saraki dynasty, in essence, focus should be on a candidate that can generate sympathy from the populace and give a good fight for victory at polls against Saraki Candidate.
All the aspirants possess required financial resources, all the aspirants are not alien to Kwara Politics and all the aspirants are eminently qualified to perform as a good Governor if elected, but one aspirant certainly standout, with an exceptional qualification, he command unimaginable loyalty amongst the people. Although, he has been a subject of attack by those who usually engage in subterfuge to create hegemony crisis within the Emirate enclave, but his genuine interest to serve the people of Kwara State will surely vindicate him. Hakeem Oladimeji Lawal possess all the requirements to defeat the main challenger (PDP candidate) for the governorship seat of Kwara State, if thrown into the race and supported by other aspirants on the platform of APC.
The greatest asset at his advantage above other aspirants is premised on the fact that, he is highly marketable due to his family background, working experience and expertise knowledge. His versatility with governance of Kwara State during the reign of his biological father who dedicated his life time to true services as noted during his leadership of Kwara State and his clear understanding of the deficiencies of succeeding administrations till date stand him out.
Note that, this piece is not intended to demarket any other aspirant on the platform of APC, we are only stating the obvious that, a personality that already enjoy good will left by his father can easily be promoted, you can’t build something on nothing, he has a solid foundation we can build upon to aid our victory at poll, except the challengers lack understanding of the orientation of the immediate environment.
All politics is local, Kwara locality has a kind of mentality that place Hakeem Lawal at a vantage position to surmount all hurdles and ease the success of APC at the 2019 general election, it’s all about good will and packaging, with togetherness, the Kwara APC can make an onerous task as simple as Arabic letters, if they weigh the advantage the candidature of Hakeem Lawal gives the party, under the current prevailing circumstances. It’s not strategic to elucidate the strategies to deploy to defeat the kwara PDP with a personality like Hakeem Lawal but a surface insight will be pointed for the thinkers to evaluate.
Firstly, the PDP has resolved for a youthful candidate, in consideration of the waves of the moment, not too young to rule, it’s a joker they must play, if they crave the indulgence of the Youth Constituency, they must be well guided. Secondly, a candidate from Kwara Central can easily be matched with a more rooted candidate with family pedigree and lastly, a candidate with no ill feelings among the electorates is highly sought after and more needed by the people than ever.
It’s not enough to just jostle to be the flag bearer, it’s extremely important to possess the requirements before the voters and all hands must be on deck to ensure mistakes of the past are no longer repeated by those that desire good governance for the good people of Kwara State. Base on aggregate of opinions, the critical stakeholders, already attuned to the exemplary leadership being provided by the National Leader of APC in Kwara State – All Lai Mohammed (Minister for Information and Culture, FRN) and the State Executives under the able leadership of Hon Bashir Bolarinwa, the prompt attention given to grey areas in the conduct of credible gubernatorial primaries are well noted and appreciated.
To other major stakeholders, members of the State, Local Government and Ward Executives, your good works at ensuring credible primaries are highly commendable, but worthy of note is the sacrosanct reality that the only candidate that will not jeopardize the collective interest and can give APC an easy victory at the Governorship Election is Hakeem Lawal, why not face the reality?
The beauty of raw gold are not felt before processing, it’s the duty of the goldsmith to fashion out the beauty through craft. Noble APC stakeholders and delegates at the primaries, you are the goldsmiths that hold the aces, at this critical point where the decisions you make will determine the immediate future of Kwara State, in terms of dividends of good governance to the people of Kwara State. For so long, people have decried the poor governance in Kwara State, severally the opposition has contested against the power brokers and on every occasion they have lost, due to ego, intolerance and selfishness.
Another opportunity beckons, the struggles of the common men should not be in vain again, if truly the opposition to the Saraki inglorious rule have foresight, hence, the opposition should clear their minds of doubts and see the light at the end of the tunnel, with Hakeem Lawal as APC Governorship flagbearer, victory is assured.
Let no man nurse any fear, he has a large heart to accommodate diverse interest and fashion them into proper perspectives and with animosity to none. He is an accountant of great repute, a profession that has sharpened his tendencies for accountability and he is not oblivious of the complexities of Kwara as a cosmopolitan society, as such, he will respect the rights and protect the privileges of all party members and the entire residents of Kwara State.
Let no one give wrong narratives about his personality, he chose to be a quiet person due to his respect for old and young, he knows when to act in the best interest of the oppressed, he is a team player that understand the essence of collective decisions. If you speak but the truth of him, you will promote the honour of APC in Kwara State; together we shall win this time around. “Every generation has a mission to fulfill or betray”
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The primary election, which held last Sunday ended on a rancorous note after some delegates suspected that ballot boxes had already been filled with the name of one of the aspirants, Hon. Razak Atunwa, member, representing Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.
The ground rules and credibility stand point governing the primary election were deliberately ignored, giving room to anti-democratic norms and a substantially compromised election.
Investigations revealed that voting was said to be going on smoothly when some suspected hoodlums invaded the venue of the voting and disrupted the whole exercise. The invasion followed the wide-spread speculation that Senate President Bukola Saraki, had infiltrated the process and masterminded the irregularities surrounding the botched election.
Among the aspirants that contested the primary election is Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who many believed would get the PDP’s ticket but was pushed aside for Hon. Atunwa.
Recall that Mallam Abdullahi, resigned his appointments twice, first as Minister of Sports under former President Goodluck Jonathan, and then recently as National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), due to his loyalty to Mr. Saraki.
Despite Mr. Abdullahi’s loyalty, he was again betrayed by Mr. Saraki as investigation revealed that he was never in the picture of those who Saraki have in mind to take over the baton of leadership from Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
A source, who pleaded not to be named, disclosed that Saraki had a phone conversation with Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi last Saturday, assuring him that he is the chosen candidate.
“Saraki wanted to stage a primary and when it’s all done, he will tell Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi that it was actually the party that rejects him as he can see from the result of the primaries. But when voting commenced last Sunday, it was discovered that a sizeable number of the ballot papers already carried Hon. Atunwa’s name, written obviously by the same person,” the source revealed.
He added that Saraki hurriedly left Abuja on Sunday night to Ilorin, on hearing that the plan to force Hon. Atunwa wasn’t going according to plan. “On arrival, Saraki called the aspirants one after the other and instructed them to step down for Hon. Atunwa.”
Hon. Ali Ahmad and Hon. Atunwa were always Saraki’s choices from the beginning while deceiving Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi. Additionally, Saraki’s decision to force Hon Atunwa on the delegates and other aspirants did not go down well as many argued that Kwara North should produce the next Governor of the state.
Worried by the negative reactions from the disorganized and undemocratic primary elections by concerned residents of the state and political observers, the Senate President and his media team are proactively working to keep the damage to a minimum by posting tweets conferring the Senate President’s assertion that nobody was told to either join or withdraw from the race, and all aspirants are members of Saraki’s political family, and that the family brought them up and will sustain them.
Already, a tweet from the Special Assistant on International Relations to Senator Saraki, already reflected this where he tweeted: “Just in : Governor Ahmed presents Hon. Rasaq Atunwa as the winner of the #KwaraPDPGuberPrimary and the party flag bearer in the 2019 governorship elections. We had a lot of qualified candidates but as one big family @Atunwa_1 will represent us well.”
Just in : Governor Ahmed presents Hon. Rasaq Atunwa as the winner of the #KwaraPDPGuberPrimary and the party flag bearer in the 2019 governorship elections. We had a lot of qualified candidates but as one big family @Atunwa_1 will represent us well.
— Bamikole Banks Omisore (@MrBanksOmishore) October 1, 2018
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