Former Senate President Bukola Saraki and all the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Kwara State at the weekend united to work for the victory of the party’s flag bearer, Alhaji Shuaib Abdullahi in the 2023 governorship election.
All the 13 aspirants but three attended the meeting. They are all from the northern part of the State.
At the meeting Saraki applauded the aspirants for agreeing to work together and uniting to save the State.
He said that.what the party needs to win the next elections is to present a common front, assuring that they take the message of unity to all the wards across the State.
Saraki promised his unflinching support for all the candidates of the party and urged all the aspirants to make maximum contributions to the coming campaigns.
He told all the aspirants: “When our party wins resoundingly in Kwara State as we are set to do, it will be obvious that we are all winners both those whose names are on the ballot and those who are not but have worked diligently for the victory of the party.”
In a communique at the end of the meeting the “aspirants noted that arriving at a choice candidate was a rigorous and delicate process because all the aspirants are qualified for the post of Governor and have the backing of the people at home, particularly the constituents from the five local government areas in Kwara North senatorial district.
“They, therefore, expressed gratitude to the leadership for successfully navigating through the process in a dignified manner.
“The aspirants collectively reiterated our gratitude and appreciation to the PDP leadership in the state for allowing Kwara North to produce the next Governor of the state and we promised not to disappoint the people of Kwara State as we are determined to work with all leaders in the 16 local government areas to sell the candidate and the party programme to the electorate in our dear state.
“We are happy that the fact of a Kwara state governor from the Kwara North is beginning to be a reality and this is because of the consensus-building, consultative, participatory, and all-inclusive approach adopted by the leadership of the party.
All the aspirants commit themselves to work for the victory of the party in all elections from the presidential, gubernatorial, senatorial, federal, and state constituency representatives and particularly to support our gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Shuaib Abdullahi in winning the next March polls.
“All the aspirants also agreed that the situation on ground is bigger than the ambition or personal interest of individuals. “They agreed that the situation is about the present and future of their children. It is about their place in history. They noted that they all want history to record them as having supported a movement to save Kwara state and entrench equity, justice, development and inclusivity in the state so that when the history of the state is written, each of them will all have a good mention. They agreed to work together and give all their support to the efforts to rebuild the state.
“The aspirants also agreed to contribute to the development of a solid campaign plan, strategy, road map, and other activities needed to secure victory for the party.
“The aspirants also suggested that the forum of aspirants should meet more regularly and serve as an “advisory board” to discuss major issues and advise the candidate as well as the party on key issues.”
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