By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN – THE ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Kwara State was no doubt hit by the devastating result of the February 23 National Assembly election where it lost all three senatorial and six House of Representatives seats to the main opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
The leadership of the party had quickly gone back to the drawing board to re-strategize and cover up for the lost ground in the last poll.
Vanguard reliably gathered that the political leaders known to be very close to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki were said to have been openly castigated by the “good boys” when they came to visit the “leader” to discuss the way forward after the election.
The political leaders were rebuked for causing the Senate president political misfortune by allegedly diverting to private use various resources, logistics and political appointments meant for the masses, which made many of the party faithful fell prey to O to ge merchants in the APC.
Vanguard investigations also revealed that instead of the usual fanfare campaigns they previously embarked upon, the party has now resorted to door to door aggressive campaign to woo more members ahead of this Saturday’s poll.
The party leaders across the state, sources claimed are now directly reaching out to traditional rulers, artisans across board and various political interest groups on the need to give Dr Bukola Saraki another chance to reclaim the political leadership of the state.
The agents of the PDP in this door-to-door campaign were said to have placed premium on the need not to bastardise the Ilorin tradition and culture by conceding Kwara State to the alleged whims and caprices of the political rulership of Asiwaju BolaTinubu.
Copious examples of sad tales being currently experienced by people of Osun, Lagos Ekiti, Oyo, and Ondo states in the hands of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are now being recited as reasons the electorate should vote for Hon Razaq Atunwa, the PDP gubernatorial candidate and others going for the House of Assembly in order to preserve the tradition and culture of Ilorin and its emirates.
More importantly, campaigns for the daughter of Emir of Ilorin, Princess Aishat Sulu Gambari, the PDP candidate in Magaji Ngeri constituency in the state assembly were being seriously pursued in honour of the monarch.
Consequently Magajis were allegedly sent from the palace to the electorate, to as a matter of priority, consider the interest of Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari.
Vanguard sources also claimed that major stakeholders in Magaji Ngeri constituency are being begged to forget their political affiliations and consider honouring the emir of Ilorin by voting for his daughter.
Meantime, on Tuesday, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) in Kwara State of which PDP is a key player complained about non-usage of card readers in the last presidential and National Assembly elections in the state to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin the state chairman of the CNPP, Alhaji Adebayo Lawal, said that only 20 per cent of the 486,254 voters who voted during the last presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State were validated by card readers, adding that many of those who voted did so manually.