Exposed: How Saraki Rigged, Imposed Razak Atunwa As Kwara PDP Gubernatorial Candidate

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.”


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Aiteo Cup: Ali Ahmad Congratulates Kwara Utd, Promises N250,000 Per Goal Against Katsina Utd

The leading Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Aspirant in Kwara State, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has felicitated with the Players, Management and Staff of Kwara United Football Club for emerging top of Lagos Center  and qualifying  for the Quarter-finals at the ongoing Aiteo Cup.
Ahmad described the success as one of the best things to have happened to the state’s footballing club in recent years.
The governorship aspirant, while congratulating the football team in a message issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir at the weekend, noted that it could not have come at a better time.
He said that it has been over 20 years Kwara United reached the former Challenge Cup competition’s latter stages, stressing that it is an indication that government and the management were doing something right at the club.
Ahmad challenged the team to sustain the winning streak and eventually emerge champions of the age long competition, saying that it would undoubtedly bring smiles to the faces of Kwarans.
As the team would be filling out against Kastina United at the Semis on on Wednesday in Lagos, Ahmad has  pledged to give cash donation of N250, 000 for every goal scored as part of his contributions to further encourage the state football club.
The sports loving aspirant further pledged that his administration would focus and prioritise sports development if given the PDP ticket and eventually elected as governor, as a way of reducing crimes and criminal activities among the youths.
He said that sports , especially football, has been one of the unifying factors in Kwara State, hence, if elected, his administration would strive to ensure the team thrive nationally to enable it once again participate in the Continental  Football Competitions.
Ahmad also called for support from every stakeholder to ensure the team keeps progressing and doing the state proud.
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Kwara 2019: Old Motor Spare Parts Dealers Pledge To Support Ali Ahmad As Governor

Members of the Kwara State Old Motor Spare Parts Dealers Association, totalling over 10,000, have pledged to work for the emergence of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, as the touch bearer of the Peoples Democracy Party, in the next year’s governorship election in the state.
The Association gave the assurance in Ilorin, while receiving the Speaker and his entourage, at its old motor spare park market Jengbe in Ilorin.
Members of the Association, who came out in thousands, received the visibly elated Speaker and his entourage, with pomps and peagentry and shouts of ” Ali Dodo,you are the only candidate who can move the state to greater heights”.
Speaking on behalf of other members, the Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Baba Alapa, disclosed that the entire members, had resolved to support his candidature, in view of his antecedents and record of achievements, both as Speaker and member of the National Assembly.
Alhaji Baba Alapa, explained that the state House of Assembly under his watch, had on several occasions, demonstrated listening ears and responded to travails and yearnings of his members, pointing out that the state will be in safe hands,if Dr Ali Ahmad emerged as the PDP candidate and governor of the state .
Responding the Speaker, who addressed the teeming crowd on top of a vehicle, due to the large turn out, promised to continue to devote his time and resources towards serving the masses and to make people, the focus of his government,if given the opportunity,to serve the State.
He then called on the people of the state, to continue to support the party, under the leadership of the Senate President,Dr. Bukola Saraki, pointing out that the PDP-led government in the state, will continue to be more responsive to the needs of the people of the state.
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Okada Riders Declare Support For Ali Ahmad As Governor

Over five thousands members of the Kwara State chapter of Okada Rider Association of Nigeria have declared their support for the candidature of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad as the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the next year’s governorship election in the state.
Speaking at the solidarity rally organised in support of the candidature of Dr Ali Ahmad, the chairman of the Association, Alhaji Abdul Fatai Olademeji, explained that the rally in support of the Speaker, became expedient in view of his roles in ensuring the existence and well being of  members of the Association.
Alhaji olademji disclosed that the state House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, had demonstrated responsiveness to the yearnings of members of the Association, pointing out that this was now time for them to pay  back.
He said all members across the state had resolved to work assiduously for his success at both the primaries of the PDP and at governorship election next year.
The chairman of the association explained that his pedigree and antecedent had demonstrated that he would be an accessible, listening and responsive Governor, if given the opportunity and urged all the delegates of the party and political gladiators in the state, to ensure his emergence as the flag bearer of the party in view of his track record of
achievements and humane disposition.
Responding, the Speaker said he was  humbled by the gesture of the state chapter of Okada Rider Association and promised to the continue to justify the confidence repose in him.
Dr Ali Ahmad observed that democracy could only be meaningful, when democratic government at all levels embark on programmes and politics that would enhance the wellbeing of the masses, who voted them into power.
The rally was attended by former and serving members of the state House of Assembly, former and serving members of the state, executive council, former council chairmen, party chieftains, women and youths across the state.
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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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