By Steve Oni, Ilorin
A former Commissioner for Special Duties in Kwara state and state Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Rasaq Lawal, has emerged as the PDP’s candidate for Ilorin West/ Asa House of Representatives seat.
Lawal, a grassroots politician, emerged unopposed and his election was on Wednesday officially affirmed by delegates from his federal constituency at the Kwara central zonal office of the party in Ilorin.
Also affirmed as PDP House of Representatives candidate for Ilorin East/ South constituency at the event is Hon. AbdulWahab Issa.
Issa had served as Representative for the same constituency between 2011- 2015 and thereafter served as the Director General, ABS Mandate Constituency office, Ilorin.
Rasaq Lawal’s candidacy is seen as a popular decision and reward for loyalty because of the critical role he played in attracting stalwarts and large number of the the old PDP members to the Saraki political dynasty.
It was also in fulfilment of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki’s pledge to give both the old and new PDP members equal opportunity.
The Kwara central zonal chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adesina Jimoh poured encomiums on Saraki for providing effective and efficient leadership for the PDP and Saraki political structure in the state.
Adesina described Saraki as a fair and selfless leader whose only interest in politics is the development of his people and growth of Kwara state.
He said the Senate President’s unique leadership has put the PDP in more advantageous position over the disunited and leaderless opposition parties in the state.
In his acceptance speech, Alhaji Rasaq Lawal thanked God for ensuring his emergence.
He expressed special gratitude to the Senate President for making good his promise to give both the old and new members of the PDP in the state equal opportunities.
“Saraki’s name will go down in history as a fair and detrabilised leader through whose leadership so many Kwarans had been elected and appointed into positions of authority both at the state and federal levels.
The chairman of the electoral panel that conducted the primary, Barr. Moses Ibiyemi raised up the hands of the two candidates for affirmation by delegates.
Before this, other aspirants for the House of Representatives seat for the two federal constituencies had announced their withdrawal from the race in the interest of their party. They expressed their support for Lawal and Issa.
Those that spoke include Hon. Abubakar Kannike, Alhaji Saka Babatunde, Hon. Warrah and Hon. Segilola AbdulKadir.