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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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
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