Thousands of defectors from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and other parties on Saturday formally pledged their allegiance to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq saying the development attests to the rising popularity of the party owing to the people-focused programmes and policies of his administration.
“Evidently, President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors, lawmakers and all officials elected on the platform of APC are clearly living up to the dreams of the founding fathers of our country. The economy is growing stronger amid unprecedented infrastructural development while increasing attention is being paid to security of lives and properties,” the Governor observed, amid cheers from the defectors, top APC chieftains, and government functionaries who included Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, Speaker Danladi Yakubu-Salihu, Secretary to the State Government Prof Mamman Saba Jubril.
“Back home in Kwara State, we have remained committed to good governance. We are indeed proud of the impacts that our investments in human capital and infrastructural development are having on the people. Our social security programmes targeting the poor and vulnerable are glaring. Security of lives and properties remains a top priority while we are putting Kwara on a sound footing to lead the North once again.
“We have also prioritised youths and women empowerment and inclusion, widening employment opportunities and paying attention to all that can guarantee brightest future for our younger generation.
“This mass defection to APC today under our leadership is a tonic for all of us in trusted positions to continue to give our best for the collective good of our people. I urge you all to work together as a team and members of the same APC family in Kwara State.”
He said the party is made stronger with its policies that guarantee equal opportunity for all members, old or new, adding that no fewer than 400,000 new (APC) members have so far been registered in the state.
Former presidential candidate of the ACPN Gani Galadima, who spoke on behalf of the defectors from the central senatorial district, said his defection was hinged on the deliberate efforts of the Governor to reposition Kwara through massive infrastructural renewal, his care for the people, and his hands-on approach to governance, culminating in visible impacts on the populace.
“We are joining the party because we are convinced with the response of the governor to the issue of leadership. For the first time in Kwara State, we have a 24hr governor who works day and night,” he said.
“We have also seen infrastructural development in roads, education and women empowerment as well as rural integration.”
Comrade Issa Aremu, former governorship candidate of Labour Party and Director-General of the Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies, commended AbdulRazaq for his investment in education sector.
“I am pleased to identify with my governor for wonderful things he is doing in Kwara State. I am proud of your achievements. I went to my school, Ilorin Grammar School, and I saw wonderful job you have done there,” he added.
The chairman caretaker committee of the APC Abdullahi Samari said the party is pleased to receive people who cherished the developmental strides of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and joined the party from ward level across the state.
“When you go back to your respective communities, I urge you to work together. Accept all members. APC has no faction in Kwara. Elders and leaders of the party should go back home, embrace peace, and ensure that everyone works together for the success of the party across the state,” he added.
Speakers from the three senatorial districts took turns to highlight the various strides of the AbdulRazaq-led administration, commending him for his special attention to the poor and the vulnerable.
Defectors included all the immediate past council chairmen, including former ALGON chief Joshua Adekanye, Hon. Fatai Adeniyi Garba (Labaka), and Hon. Yinka Dallas, who hailed the Governor for his democratic dispositions and his commitment to developments with direct impacts on the people especially at the grassroots.
JUST IN: Bandits Abduct Zamfara Speaker’s Father
Suspected bandits have abducted the biological father of the Speaker of Zamfara state House of Assembly, Alhaji Nasiru Muazu Magarya.
The armed men also kidnapped the Speaker’s stepmother, uncle and four others in a raid on his community, Magarya in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.
The speaker is representing Zurmi east in the assembly.
Salihu Zurmi, lawmaker representing Zurmi West in the state assembly, told Daily Trust that the armed men invaded the community on Wednesday evening.
“This is the fourth time they are attacking the community, the first one they killed some people while during the second assault they torched residential houses and carted away cows and other domestic animals,” he said.
The Director General, Press Affairs of the state House of Assembly Mustapha Jafaru Kaura told our correspondent that they would soon issue press statement on the matter.
“I’m right now with the Honourable Speaker, we will issue statement, give us some times please,” Mustapha said.
In the same vein, the spokesman of the state police command SP Muhammad Shehu said the command would soon issue press release.
Ilorin South Chair Embarks On Project Inspection Tour, Assures Of Timely completion
In fulfilment of the promise being made by the Ilorin South TIC Chairman Hon. Aiki during his last visitation to the site of the proposed shopping complex at Ero-Omo, the TIC Chairman has paid yet another inspection visit to the site of the modern shopping Complex.
While he commended the workers at the site for their steadfastness and commitment, Hon. Aiki reiterated the commitment of the Ilorin South Local Government administration towards the completion of the project.
The Chairman further stated that the right step being taken by the administration is an adoption of the good leadership model being laid down by the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
While the Chairman appreciated the Governor of Kwara State, Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, he further encouraged the residents of the community present during the inspection exercise to continue their revamped support towards the successful administration of the Governor.
The TIC Chairman train further moved around Oko-Olowo axis as well to insect some boreholes and Modern public Toilet sites as well which came as a surprise to most of the workers. While he commended the dedication of the Oko-Olowo residents he further implored them as well to stick to their continued support for the local and state Government at large making another vow to continue his good works.
The residents of Oko-Olowo area of Ilorin South LGA commended the tremendous efforts of the TIC Chairman and wished him well in his various endeavours.
The inspection exercise shall continue across all other sites as well as stated by the Chairman.
KOPAN Condoles With Former Minister Bolaji Abdullahi Over Mother’s Death
Kwara Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, KOPAN has mourned the death of Alhaja Rafat Ajeigbe Abdullahi, the Mother of the Former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi.
KOPAN in a condolence message signed by the Association Interim Chairman, Ogbeni Hammed Adedayo Said, said;
“On behalf of the members of our prestigious association, KOPAN, we sympathise with a brother and a senior colleague, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, on the demise of his beloved mother, Alhaja Rafat Ajeigbe Abdullahi.”
He further said “Please accept our sincere condolences on the death of your mother! No one can replace her but Almighty can comfort you.
May Allah repose her soul. Our deepest sympathies to you and the entire Abdulahi family!”
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