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Kwara 2011: Saraki endorses daughter, PDP differs

By DEMOLA AKINYEMI, Ilorin

Dr Olusola Saraki yesterday endorsed the bid of his daughter, Senator Ruqayyat Gbemisola Saraki, to become the governor of Kwara State on the platform of the PDP, but the state leadership of the party differed

The publicity secretary of the party, Alhaji Isiaka Danmairomo, in a statement, noted that the party leadership has not endorsed anybody for any elective post as the party guideline is very clear on it.
Saraki had earlier addressed a mammoth crowd at his great hall, along Olorunsogo in Ilorin, where he made the endorsement, that they should all register and peacefully cast their votes in ensuring that Gbemisola emerges as the next governor.

All senators from the three districts of the state and the six members of the House of Representatives, including all the council chairmen, state legislators, party leaders and party chieftains were conspicuously present.

Alhaji Toyin Sanusi, chairman of ALGON, who spoke on behalf of council chairmen in the state, the senators, party leaders and members of the House of Assembly, among others, had asked Saraki to give them his daughter as the next governor, the way they asked for the outgoing Governor Bukola Saraki in 2004.
Responding, he explained that he endorsed their call, noting however that the former speaker, Hon Bio Ibrahim, now minister, reportedly obtained gubernatorial form without his consent but that he has the right to enforce his constitutional right to garner little votes he could get.

He added that his endorsement of his daughter was borne out of his desire to ensure that the achievements of Governor Bukola Saraki are not only rubbished but consolidated upon because he is proud of him.


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