2019: Kwara APYF To Mobilize Thousands Of Youths For APC

The All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), the youth wing of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state is set to mobilize thousands of youths across the state to ensure APC emerges victorious in the presidential, governorship elections and all other positions across the state in the 2019 elections.

The group added that “That this is the time to liberate the people of the state from the grip of tyrannical leadership.”

State Coordinator of APYF Tunde Salau added that the forum is “looking forward to organizing an interactive forum with the aspirants; wherein the governorship aspirants will have a face-to-face discussion with the youths on issues or challenges affecting the youth and how they (the aspirants) plan to tackle such challenges if they eventually occupy the number one seat in the state.

Comrade Salau hailed Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the state APC chair Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa, for organizing a successful parley for all APC governorship aspirants in the state.

APC on Wednesday this week organized a parley with all the 12 governorship aspirants in the state.

Salau said members of the forum were impressed with the success of the programme being the first of its kind in the history of not only in Kwara, but in Nigerian politics.

“We believe that there was no place in the history of Nigerian politics where aspirants of the same political party were given an opportunity to present their manifestos to the electorates in an organised setting.

He added that “This singular act demonstrates the uncommon leadership charisma of the minister and the party chairman Bashir Bolarinwa for encouraging transparency, accountability and unity in the party and among the aspirants who saw themselves as brothers and partners in progress during the programme.”


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Kwara Monarch Hails President Buhari For Reconstructing Ilorin-Jebba Road

The Ba’ale of Bode Saa’du in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State, Barrister Bola Yusuf, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for the reconstruction of the Ilorin-Jebba Road.

This according to him has opened up the area to social and economic activities.

“We are indeed very grateful to the government. We cannot over-emphasize the importance of this road. There is no gainsaying that it has impacted on the economy and everything. When it was not done, it affected our people.”

“Now that it has been done, every Nigerian who passes this road has kind words to say to the government. We have tasted and still taste the dividends of democracy, and it is our trust in God that it will continue by the special grace of God,” he said.

The Ba’ale recalled that the deplorable state of the road, a key arterial road linking the South-West and the northern parts of the country, had forced a lot of residents to relocate to other places.

“Our market closed down because people were not secured and they couldn’t cope. There is a big cattle market here and we have our local market here but people couldn’t just do anything. It affected everything and it could take you weeks to travel across the road. It was a terrible thing and people were moving out of this area,” he said.

Mr. Yusuf said the reconstruction of the road has now reduced traveling time from Ilorin to Jebba from four days to about two hours.

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Offa Robbery: Kwara Police Command Advocates Use Of Technology To Fight Crime

Following the April 25 Offa Bank robbery which claimed more than 30 lives in Kwara State, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Aminu Saleh, has called for increased use of technology to fight crime and ensure adequate security in the country.

Saleh made the call in Ilorin while addressing officers and men of the Police after his tour to the Police Area Command and other police formations in the state.

The commissioner, however, stressed the need for the installation of CCTV camera in front of the banks, market places and streets linking the banks to further check crime.

His words: “We need to make use of technology as we are in digital world. We must always be on alert and aware of everything around us at all time.

“If not for the CCTV in the banks, the suspects would not have been arrested. “So, we need to do more on technology,” he said.

He also urged officers and men of the command to carry out more surveillance in markets and establish better relationship with market association officials.

Saleh also called on the personnel of the command to relate well with the traditional rulers and youths in order to get tips and useful information on happenings in their surroundings.

He also urged police officers to be diligent and always be at alert in the discharge of their duties.

“Be very vigilant, don’t over criminalise issues and always be prayerful.”

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Ali Ahmad, Cross River Speaker, Others For Citizens Conference

The speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ali Babatunde Ahmad will on  Saturday, August 11 lead discussions alongside his Cross River State counterpart Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo and other panel of discussants on “Not Too Young To Run And Then What?” at the CITIZENS  CONFERENCE ILORIN, 2018.
In a statement signed by the Executive Director of MACAA and the Convener of the Conference, Seun Awogbenle in Ilorin on Thursday, he disclosed that other Panel of discussants that are also expected to discuss at the event include, Special Advsier to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rinsola Abiola, Hon. Moshood  Bakare, Member, Kwara State House of Assembly, Jude Feranmi, Former Youth Leader Kowa Party and convener of Raising New Voices initiative.
Ayodele Adio, Managing Editor, GloommeTV,  Saadatu Falila Hamu Aliyu, Lawyer and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Yemisi Ajeojo Economic Advisory Trainee & co-founder, Triift Africa and David Inung a renowned public Speaker.
During the conference, the panel of discussants are expected to provide a framework that works on the next line of action for the new constitutional provision at the event.”
Recall that MACAA had in a press statement in July announced it’s plan to hold the maiden CITIZENS CONFERENCE, ILORIN 2018.
The organization noted that the conference is line with it’s resolve to strenthen and deepen democratic governance.
“We are positive that the recommendations, can serve as a political direction and  model that works, for young people who have a strong will, desire and interest in public service in terms of approach and processes.” Awogbenle said
He reiterated the commitment of the organization  to helping Millennials find their voice, unlock the power of the citizen and inspire Africa’s new tribe.
The conference which is expected to start by 10:00am prompt, is scheduled to hold at the  Banquet Hall, oposite government House, beside Kwara Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way, GRA Ilorin.
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Nigerian Youth Parliament Confers Merit Award On Kwara Deputy Speaker

The Nigerian Youth Parliament on Wednesday bestowed merit award of excellence on the Deputy Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. (Dr.) Mathew Okedare as the Most Active Deputy Speaker in the North Central Nigeria.
While presenting the award, the parliament Leader, Hon. Umar Etudaye said the lawmaker was chosen for his reputable personality, his ability in the lawmaking business and connection with his Constituents.
Etudaye said further that the parliament is very much aware of Okedare’s resilience, charismatic, distinct principle and ideology with the collective efforts of other well-meaning legislatures to achieve the standard as well as quality of modern legislative system in Nigeria.
“The strength of Nigeria democracy and Africa at large depends greatly on her legislators. Hence, the role of legislators in democracy can never be over emphasised”
“The Nigerian Youth Parliament is pleased to name you as a Role Model, this is informed by your uncommon leadership qualities; courageousness, experience, versatility and above all father to all posture which you have maintained”, the Leader said.
Reacting, Hon. Okedare who is representing Lanwa/Ejidongari Constituency appreciated the parliament for the honour and particularly for finding him worthy among other deputy speakers in the North Central.
He said, “As a lawmaker, being responsive and productive requires an in-depth research of happenings around you so as to prepare you in making the right laws that would guarantee good governance for your people”.
The deputy speaker added that he consider the feat as an acknowledgement of the robust debates at the floor of the House and therefore dedicated the award to the 8th Legislature of the Kwara State House of Assembly.
Okedare further noted that the honour could not have come to fruition without the unalloyed support and cooperation of his colleagues at the House.
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Kwara PDP Chieftain Joins APC

A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, Ahmed Yinka Aluko, has decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr. Aluko, who is also a member of the PDP’s National Executive Committee, and the Party’s flagbearer as Deputy Governor in the 2015 elections resigned his position and membership of PDP during the Party’s NEC meeting on Thursday.

The former Special Adviser on Security matters in Kwara accused the opposition of impunity and undemocratic practices.

Aluko was reported to have said he was irked by decision of PDP National leadership to hand over the structure of PDP to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who defected on Tuesday to the party and attended its NEC meeting today.

”It is therefore, shocking that the party at the national level has resolved to hand over the party structures and all electable positions to defectors without any regards for those who stood by the party and built it Into a strong winning machine in Kwara. It is even more shocking that as the only national officer from kwara state and BEC member from Kwara was not consulted”.

Aluko said he was leaving PDP “for a more democratic platform.”

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23 Kwara Assembly Members Defect To PDP

23 out of 24 members of the Kwara State House of Assembly have defected from All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People Democratic Party (PDP).

The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, while reading the letter  written by the Leader of the House ,Hon. Hassan Oyeleke on behalf of the 23 other members, cited the provision   section 109 (1)(g) of the nation’s 1999 Constitution ,as amended, to renounce their membership from the APC.

However ,member representing Ojomu/Balogun Constituency, Hon Saheed Popoola ,did not join his colleagues in defecting to the PDP.

Each of the 23 members  at the plenary took turn to sign the letter indicating their defection from the APC.

Speaking shortly after members’ defection, the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, said members were unanimous in their conclusion that the APC under which they were elected was far from being one that can lead Nigeria out of the wood.

Dr Ahmad noted with displeasure that “the intrigues and power play that birthed  the long drawn legal battle with key members of the party  over phanthom allegations, coupled with the arbitrary use of government institutions like the police and anti corruption agencies for harassment and intimidation of perceived opponents of people in power since APC assumed power had dealt a heavy blow to governance ” thereby turning the country to object of ridicule among the comity of nations.

The Speaker explained with dismay that with the current flagrant spate of disobedient to court rulings the federal government had thrown the rule of law which he said was the bedrock of democracy to the dog.

He recalled how his colleagues had toed the path of honour and displayed humility during the crisis  while some players in the party, according to him, had refused to be placated and were hellbent in continuing to fan the embers of discord and disunity in the APC.

Dr. Ahmad said members had before now consulted widely with their constituents and indications from the consultations he said indicated  that their people had become disillusioned with their continuous stay in the APC p permeated with non performance, injustice and impunity.

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Kwara Assembly Passes Bill To Empower Indigenous Contractors, Artisans Into Law

A Bill for a law to establish Kwara State Public Procurement Agency, to ensure probity, accountability and transparency in governance,in the state, has been finally passed by the state House of Assembly.
Under the law, all contracts to be executed by the state government are now to be moderated by the agency.
The law equally now makes it mandatory, that certain percentage of local content of any projects to be executed, must be handled by artisans and local contractors in the state.
The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, while directing the Clerk of the House, Hajia Halimat Jummai Kperogi  to prepare clean copy, for Governor’s assent, described the passage of the bill, as revolutionary, in the state.
Dr. Ahmad, expressed delight that the passage of the bill, would strengthen the crusade against corrupt practices, in the area of procurement.
The Bill according to him,would equally empower indigenous contractors and ensure in checking increasing rate of joblessness in the state.
He then praised members of the joint committee and staff of the secretariat, for carrying out a thorough assignment on the bill,and enjoined the federal government, to embrace the law,in fighting against corruption, instead of using ICPC, EFCC,in persecuting perceived political opponents, in the country.
The House equally urged the state government,to urgently provide palliatives for the collapsed bridges linking Ijagbo and Ipee as well as erosion ravaged Odo-Atan Community in Oyun Local Government Area, to alleviate the hardship being encountered by the people of the affected communities, following a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by member representing Oke Ogun Constituency, Barrister Kamal Fagbemi, at the floor of the House.
Meanwhile, the Legislature has directed its joint committee on Public Petitions and Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary, to thoroughly investigate petitions against member representing Ojomu/ Balogun Constituency, Hon. Saheed Popoola, on alleged forged result and issuance of dud cheques by Dr. Ahmed, Tajudeen Ahmed and Abubakar Olusola.
The Speaker, while commenting on the petitions, disclosed that though the petitioners, requested the House, to suspend the legislator, said the state was noted for law and order and assured that thorough investigation and justice would be done, to the petitions to avoid miscarriage of justice.
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Kwara APC Young Aspirants Demand Saraki’s Suspension From Party

We wish to use this opportunity to congratulate our dear party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari for the success of the Ekiti Election where our party’s candidate Dr. Kayode Fayemi came out victorious.

The victory of Dr. Fayemi is a sign of continuous support for our party by the people of Nigeria and Ekiti in particular, it’s also a signal to the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari re-election in 2019.

Our meeting today became necessary in order to call the attention of our party stakeholders to the anti-party activities of Senator Bukola Saraki and some of his followers which is having negative effect on our people and the party.

Senator Saraki has continue to encourage and display various ant-party activities, some of his associate has recently made various derogatory statements about the party, some of them public announced their exit from the party without any caution from Sen. Saraki. The exit of his political associate Kawu Baraje, his Chief of Staff Baba Ahmed and all other Federal Law Makers from Kwara State are pointer to this.

Senator Saraki recently received the PDP Chairman Prince Uche Secondus and Governor Nyesom Wike in Ilorin where Saraki followers were chanting PDP praises even in his presence

The above and many more are part of anti-party activities of Saraki who is currently seating as a Senate President elected under the flag of the APC, his activities demoralizes the members of the party and we can no longer watch him

We hereby demand for the Suspension of Sen. Saraki from the party as a disciplinary action, this will further establish that discipline exist in our party as against other parties where they can do this and gone away with it

The future of Kwara state looks very bleak when a fief and the most sinister motive driven figure in the state’s political space has taken over the affairs of both parties recognised in the state.Do we need a soothsayer to tell us that gross inconsequentialness and underdevelopment will continue to be the lot of the hoi polloi if the situation is not rescued by the APC led federal government administration.

The senate president Bukola Saraki has always been known as the master of shenanigan and now APC is giving him what looks like a level field playing ground to orchestrate the same technique he used in 2015 to defeat the people’s democratic party in the state.

Allowing him to remain in APC is detrimental to the progress of the party in the state and at the federal level as well.

The likes of Bolaji Abdullahi who is a stooge of the senate president is still very much active in the party and this is simply the brainchild of a man who has over the years entrenched a pseudo developmental ideology into his core values and this is nothing but the ugly experience kwarans had in the past in the making.

If the senate president is suspended and eventually banished from the APC then the party will be able to go back to the drawing board and build a structure that will be expeditious enough to bring an end to poverty, gross unemployment and other aberrations from the norms and values that have become the other of the day in the state.

We must remind everyone that no one is bigger than the party, the party is supreme to every members.

Abubakar Jimba.
General Secretary
Kwara APC Young Aspirants

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Update: Quit APC Now – Kwara Groups Tell Gov Ahmed

Following calls from various stakeholders in Kwara State, the State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has hinted that he might be quitting the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). This follows stakeholders’ insistence at a meeting with the governor in Ilorin that he should leave the party because it has fallen short of their aspirations.

The governor insisted that the party has not met the expectations of the people of Kwara State.

Governor Ahmed made this known on Thursday at State Banquet Hall, Ilorin while reacting to the requests of various stakeholders in Kwara Central Senatorial District, prevailing on him and the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to immediately dump the APC.

The governor recalled how key stakeholders in the ruling APC in the state built the party in 2014 alongside other notable Nigerians with high expectations but were disappointed about the failure of the government at national level to address insecurity, economy and unemployment challenges confronting the nation.

According to the governor, “We formed APC together in 2014 with the hope to meet the needs and aspirations of the people in critical areas of our national life”.

He said the leadership of the APC had failed to intervene on critical issues affecting the party and its members, pointing out that injustice within the party is unbearable.

Gov Ahmed who thanked the people of the state for their support assured the stakeholders that he would consider their pleas and make public the new platform that would meet the aspirations of the people of the state.

He also promised that the administration would continue to run an all inclusive process that would take care of all interests.

Various stakeholders who spoke at the Town Hall meeting called on the Governor to take the state to another political party where their welfare would be guaranteed and expectations would be met.

In his remarks, the State President of Kwara State Artisans Group, Alhaji Saad Alawaye who commended Gov. Ahmed for his numerous empowerment programmes to the informal sector promised continuous support in moving the state forward.

The State Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr. Joshua Adekanye who spoke on behalf of all the 16 local government chairmen, their vice chairmen and 193 councillors expressed readiness to dump the All Progressives Congress in the interest of the people.

On their parts, the Youth leader, Alhaji Mohammad Ali Baba and the Women Leader, Hajia Rahmat Oganija thanked the governor for his support to the youth and womenfolk in the state.

They however said they were not comfortable to remain in the APC, citing injustices against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and called for immediate defection to a better and safer political party.

The meeting had in attendance Artisans group, market men and women, Okada riders, youth groups among others.

Abdulwahab Oba
Chief Press Secretary
to the Kwara State Governor

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Kaiama-Kishi Road Project: Kwara Speaker To Lead Members On Inspection

Members of the Kwara State House of Assembly are to pay on the Spot-Assessment visit to the on going Kaiama-Kishi road to fast track the pace of work on the multi billion naira federal government road project.
The House resolved to pay on the spot-Assessment  visit to the road, following a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by member representing Kaiama/Kemanji/Wajibe Constituency Hon. Ahmed Ibn Mohammed, on the slow pace of work on the 63km Federal Government road project.
The Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, while reading the resolutions of the House, directed that the contractor handling the project, along with the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya to appear before the Committee of the Whole of the House, at the site of the project, to explain why not much had been done on the road project in which N1.1bn had been so far released, to the contractor.
Dr. Ahmed explained that the completion of the road, would go along way, to fast track socio- economic transformation of the people of the area, saying that the insertion of constituency projects in the budget by  legislature was  to ensure that all and sundry feel the impact of the federal government.
The Speaker then directed the House Committee on Works and Transport, to make arrangement for the inspection and inform necessary stakeholders within the next two weeks.
The House also directed its Committee on Works and Transport, to inspect the collapsed Ejji bridge in Offa and come up with its findings,  following  Matter of Urgent Public Importance, raised by member representing Essa/Shawo/Igboidun Constituency, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke on the collapsed bridge.
Meanwhile, the House has described the Honorary Doctorate Degree Award to the Deputy Speaker, Chief Mathew Okedare, by the Commonwealth University London as well deserved and a recognition of his sterling contributions to ensuring accelerated socio- economic development of his constituency in particular and transformation of the state, in general.
Most of the Members, who spoke on the issue ,described the award bestowed on the Deputy Speaker, as vindication of the qualities of members of the 8th legislature.
Responding, Chief Okedare dedicated the award to members of the House and the entire people of the state.
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Kwara Speaker Congratulates Saraki On Conferment As Waziri Of Ilorin

Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has congratulated the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on his conferment as the new Waziri Ngeri of the Ilorin Emirate by his Royal Highness, Dr. Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.
A congratulatory message issued by the speaker’s Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir described the chieftaincy title as a worthy one and well-deserved.
Ahmad said, without doubt, the Senate President’s recognition by the Emir of Ilorin as the 4th Waziri of the Emirate is a testimony of his overall contributions to the growth and development of the Ancient City.
He added that the conferment which was coming on the heels of his recent victory at the Supreme Court shows that Saraki’s leadership qualities is acknowledged by his people and others within and outside the shores of the country.
The Speaker appreciated the traditional ruler for deeming it worthy to confer the prestigious traditional title on Senator Bukola Saraki, noting that it would further spur the Senate President to do more, not only for Ilorin but the state as a whole.
According to him, “over the years, people have come to realise how much the Senate President endeared Ilorin to his heart. He holds the city’s progress in high esteem and has never failed to utilise everything within his reach for the growth and development of the Emirate”
“There is no doubt that he will live to his billing as an individual who always crave for community development. He has time without number offered himself for community services. Therefore, such prestigious traditional title will push him to do more for the Emirate.”
Ahmad prayed Allah in His Infinite mercy to continue providing the wisdom required and wherewithal to enable the Senate President succeed in the new task of community development.
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