By Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin
Following the victory of all the National Assembly/Presidential candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state in the last election,Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq reelection bid on Saturday has received further boost as the Gubernatorial candidate of Young Progressives Party Alh Waziri Yakubu Gobir and his supporters on Thursday stepped down to support him.
Similarly, Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ilorin East/Ilorin South federal constituency and one of the strong supporters of Sarakis political dynasty, who came second in the last election Hon Wahab Issa has also joined Governor AbdulRazaq in APC.
Other leading defectors included Hon Gbenga Oyekunle,Federal house of Representatives,ADC candidate for Offa/Oyun/Ifelodun who lost in the last election,a member of PDP, and former commissioner for Sports Kale Ayo; another member of PDP and former Commissioner Hajia Aisha Ahman Patigi; PDP’s Haruna Likpata; former council chairman and senior legislative aide to Saraki, Wasiu Bamidele; among several others.
The YPP governorship candidate Yakubu Gobir, on why he stepped down for Governor AbdulRazaq said,”It has been my utmost joy initiating an issue-based campaign that has brought immense hope and promises of a better future to our beloved state, particularly to young people.
“It has been a delight dialoguing with you and charting paths for a more robust and harmonious State. It has been humbling to receive your unequivocal support and be entrusted with your battered trusts, broken dreams and resilient spirits.”
He added that,”It has been energising standing by your side, reaching for a better Kwara — a dream that is within reach but one that will be ushered in by another other than myself.”
He stressed ,”My fellow Kwarans, in the last leg of this election trail, it has become apparent that the best way to achieve the goal we have before us is to forge alliances and combine ideologies.
” To this end, the Young Progressives Party hereby adopts the incumbent Governor and gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, in the upcoming gubernatorial election.”
He assured that,”this decision is not one that was made lightly. It was made after weeks of deliberation and a final concession that the incumbent Governor consider some of the policies outlined in my manifesto (the State of Kwara) alongside his equally well-intentioned 10-year Sustainable Development Plan (2021-2030).
“This ensures that, although I will be conceding my place in the gubernatorial race, the action plan that I feel addresses the peculiar needs of some 2,764 communities, 193 wards and 16 Local Government Areas in Kwara gets fused into the implementation of the Governor’s Development Plan.
“Further to this agreement, it is understood that the Governor, upon winning the election, will form a government that further accommodates allies, including members of our own party.
“My fellow Kwarans, a new dawn is upon us, not just for our beloved state but for our nation as well. With our support for Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, and the President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we are convinced that Nigeria is undoubtedly about to commence a journey of Renewed Hope.”He said.
Meanwhile,Gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)Alh Yaman Abdullahi and that of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Prof Shuaib Oba AbdulRaheem are still in the race to slug it out with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of APC on Saturday.
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