The decision of Governor Bukola Saraki to take the PDP Kwara Central Senatorial District ticket from its winner, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, to enable him (Bukola Saraki) contest and replace his sister at the Senate has attracted a strong condemnation by a group, Kwara Partiots Forum.
The governor, who had until recently positioned himself to succeed President Goodluck Jonathan, is not known to have ever shown interest in going to the upper chamber, thus making the Kwara Patriots Forum to describe the governor as selfish , insincere and not transparent enough to lead the people of Kwara reputed for their openness and transparency.
Reacting to the sudden senatorial ambition of Bukola, Alhaji Iyiola Alamu, president of KPF, said despite the governor’s consistent song of morality as his reason for antagonising his sister, Gbemi’s gubernatorial ambition, reasonable people who have all the while found it impossible to fanthom why the governor has been reluctant to support a qualified,more loved, transparent and a better politician in Gbemi, could now see that the governor had been planning to deny Kwarans the robust representation her sister is noted for because of his selfishness by his plot to deny her the PDP gubernatorial ticket, but for the political sagacity of Dr. Olusola Saraki who has ensured that Kwarans have an option in the ACPN.
Describing the governor’s move as long planned, Alamu said it is unfortunate that Saraki who saw it as immorality in his sister succeeding him is now very comfortable taking over her seat at the Senate.
More worrisome, the KPF President further lamented, is the undemocratic decision of Saraki, to make himself the beneficiary of the senatorial ticket leaving in the cold, LAK Jimoh who came second in the primaries.
“Even if Gold who won the ticket originally had willingly stepped down, the person who came second in the race automatically becomes the beneficiary of the ticket not Bukola who was never part of the process”, Alamu stated.
He submitted that Saraki’s inordinate ambition may destroy Kwara politics.
He called on the people of the state to reject the governor’s move.
Meanwhile, Arewa youths have cautioned northern leaders against blaming Saraki for the former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s failed bid for the presidency.
The Arewa Youth Coalition (AYC) said yesterday in Abuja that the cause of the defeat of Atiku should be properly situated rather than pointing fingers at the wrong direction.
The youths argued that Saraki was not the issue because with all intents and purposes “the primary was never free and fair as people were made to believe”.
In a statement by Mallam Yinusa Ahmed and Aminu Salihu, the Coordinator and Director of Mobilization respectively, the group declared that the process leading to the declaration of President Jonathan were a calculated political arithmetic designed to defeat the rule of law and to sweep the PDP zoning and rotation of power under the carpet.