By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Fulani community in Kwara state has pledged its allegiance to the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
The Fulani community comprising the indigenous Fulani and Bororo assured Saraki of their support ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The leaders of the Fulani community, Alhaji Garba Dembo, (Jowuro Oyun) and Mallam Usman Garba (the Fulani/ Bororo union’s secretary) gave the assurance on over the weekend when they paid a solidarity visit to the Senate President at his Iloffa, GRA residence in Ilorin.
Jowuro Oyun promised that his people will deliver their votes 100 percent to all Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidates in next year’s general elections.
“We’re in full support of Dr Bukola Saraki. We gathered at the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Alh Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari from where we marched down to Saraki’s residence to assure him of our 100 percent support.
“The late Dr Olusola Saraki during his life time contributed immensely to the growth and development of Kwara state. As a result of this, we the Fulani and Bororo are prepared to reciprocate the kind gesture of the late Saraki by giving his son, Dr Bukola Saraki 100 percent support.
“Baba Saraki loved and cared for us, so, it’s natural that we should also love and support his son who is also following the footsteps of his father.
Also speaking, the Secretary of Bororo/ Fulani community, Mallam Usman Garba said : “We have been waiting for this day. We are going to support you 100 percent. When your father was alive, he did a lot for us. We are ready to reciprocate Baba’s kind gesture to us by supporting you, his son. There is nothing anyone can do for us to vote for the people we don’t know.”
Responding, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki who was adored with Fulani’s hat thanked leaders and members of the Fulani community for identifying with his leadership.
While assuring them of his continued support, Saraki reminded them that the relatioship which exists between them and the Saraki political dynasty had been a long standing one.
“The Fulani community’s relationship with Saraki political dynasty has been a long standing one and it shall continue to flourish,” he added.
The Senate President assured his visitors and Nigerians in general that the PDP government come 2019 will fulfill all its campaign promises.
He emphasised the need for the people of Kwara state to vote for the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, because “PDP has great plans for the people of the state. “