By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin – The Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP)Â in Kwara State has stated that it has not endorsed Senator Gbemisola Saraki as the gubernatorial candidate of the party, just as it denied any rift between the senator and her brother, Governor Bukola Saraki over the governorship race in the state on 2011 polls.
The PublicityÂ SecretaryÂ of the party, Alhaji IsiakaÂ Danmairomo in a statement issued in Ilorin, yesterday,Â advised members of the party to disregard rumour being peddled in some quarters on the endorsementÂ of Senator Gbemisola SarakiÂ for the race.
The statement noted thatÂ Senator Saraki has not declared interest in anyÂ elective positionÂ in the stateÂ forÂ the 2011 polls, emphasising that, â€œGovernor BukolaÂ Saraki has never declared interest in, or expressedÂ sympathyÂ for any candidateÂ to succeedÂ him in 2011.â€
â€œItÂ is pertinentÂ toÂ noteÂ thatÂ governor Bukola SarakiÂ andÂ the Distinguished SenatorÂ have never sluggedÂ it outÂ with eachÂ otherÂ Â over 2011Â guber raceÂ or raise any issue on thatÂ â€œ itÂ added.
The statement added that,â€ ThoughÂ Senator Gbemisola SarakiÂ is by virtue of her citizenshipÂ of theÂ state and her present occupation qualifiedÂ to vie for any elective positionÂ eitherÂ at the stateÂ or nationalÂ levelÂ but her qualificationÂ does not translate to automaticÂ ticketÂ â€œ.