Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin
Chairman, National Local Government Areas Congress Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Hon. Yusuf Omaaki has assured members of the party to be fair and conduct a hitch-free congresses across the 16 local government areas of the state.
“Our mission here is very simple. It is to liaise with the people of Kwara State and to synergies with the people of Kwara State to carry out our task. In doing that there is a procedure for congresses at all levels. You will discover that we have agreed to follow the provisions of our constitution in the conduct of exercise, Omaaki said this in Ilorin at the APC stakeholders meeting.
“Our party allows consensus and where there are issues it is the duty of the stakeholders to sit down and and agree among themselves. I want to plead with all of you to give us your support, support the party and support His Excellency Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
“Our mission in this state is to affirm the justice and unity of the state in the state. We cannot do that without the cooperation of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the people of Kwara State. We were inaugurated yesterday (Thursday) and we have to come to Kwara. As I am talking to you, teams like this have gone round the country to conduct local government congresses tomorrow,” he added.
Other members of the committee are: Dr Mohammed Buba (Secretary); Mr Simon Dolly; Mr Patrick Ogunyemi; Mr Samuel Ekeh; Hajia Larai Kangiwa and Hajia Habiba Muhammed
For his part, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq represented by the Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi called on all APC members to remain supportive and loyal to the party.
“We conducted ward congress peacefully in Kwara State before and I believe the local government areas congresses will also be peaceful,” the governor remarked.
AbdulRazaq assured members of the congress committee that the exercise would be peaceful and orderly.
In his address, the chairman, State APC caretaker committee Alhaji Abdullahi Samari explained that the state is ready for smooth conduct of local government areas congresses tomorrow (Saturday) across the sixteen local government areas of the state.
“We are here today to let you know that our local government congresses will take place tomorrow. The team from the national secretariat of APC is here purposely because of the exercise. So, disregard any rumour. Make sure you are at your local government tomorrow to exercise your civic right by making sure you stand by our decision for consensus candidates,” APC chairman explained.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Alhaji Abdullateef Alakawa applauded the leadership of the APC for standing with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in ensuring that Kwara remains a truly APC state.