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2019 elections: Saraki allies hijacks PDP

*As doom threatens his political dynasty

*Political mathematics of dousing opposition by stealth

By Olajide Fashikun

As part of the grand plans to still have the state in his firm grips with the obvious rejection of his leadership at the last local government elections, especially at the Kwara Central district, the zone he represents in the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki may have sent forth his allies to hijack the PDP, which is the main opposition party.

Series of legal issues were to be thrown the way of the PDP waiting for the courts to grant any one of the many stray bullets to ‘remove’ Iyiola Oyedepo, the state PDP chairman. Once eliminated he would not be allowed to return there.

According to our source, one of such allies to achieve the taking over of the PDP is Hon. Mashood Mustapha popularly known as MM who is primed to defect to the People’s Democratic Party under the guise of fighting Senator Bukola Saraki for not considering him as a suitable candidate for Kwara gubernatorial seat come 2019.

The source further alleged that the Sarakites in the PDP since pre-2015 elections like Messrs Yinka Aluko and Rasaq Lawal, were to help MM get the gubernatorial ticket in the PDP. Former PDP Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin, who heads MM’s think-tank, will be in the train.

At the moment, fresh facts are beginning to emerge regarding the plans of Hon. Mashood Mustapha and his cohorts to join the PDP in Kwara state by February. He is to work with other Sarakites like Alhaji Ganiyu Cook Olododo, Architect Lola Ashiru, Barrister Kunle Sulyman, Alhaji Atanda Zoro and some party executives to ease their plans to hijack the party structure in Kwara state.

The www.gongnews.net source asserted, watch out, Mashood Mustapha will be made to emerge as the gubernatorial candidate. Mr. Ahmed Yinka Aluko will be positioned for Senatorial candidature of the PDP in Kwara Central, Lola Ashiru will be positioned for Kwara South senatorial candidature and Alhaji Ganiyu Cook Olododo from Ilorin East local government will be positioned for Federal House of Representatives, Ilorin East/South Federal Constituency respectively.

From their plans, it would be realised that all participants in the proposed political rampage which is set for execution by first week of February 2018, when Hon. Mashood Mustapha will officially decamp to PDP alongside Alhaji Cook Olododo.

This hocus-pocus is also extended to the national level where some of these personalities have been sold to work with the Alhaji Atiku Abubakar campaign group. They have been mandated to take central roles as far as Kwara PDP is concerned to make way for Saraki when the time comes.

They have had several meetings with Atiku’s pointman. Four meetings have taken place in Abuja in this regards. They are to act as spies to enable the Saraki camp have a firm grip of developments within the Atiku camp.

Alh. Ganiyu Cook Olododo, a former Secretary to Kwara State Government and later Chief of Staff government house under Dr Bukola Saraki as governor, have since sent a message of being politically relegated by Dr Saraki.

Recall that Alh Cook Olododo served as Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chief of Staff to Senator Bukola Saraki, Ahmed Yinka Aluko was a two-term Special Adviser on Security matters to Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Mashood Mustapha was a Commissioner for Agriculture, the Shonga Farm deal was under his supervision, he also served as Commissioner for Land and Housing and supervised the sales and conversion of many public properties to private use and later served as the Representative member of Ilorin West/Asa Federal constituency and currently a Senior legislative aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Retaining Kwara in his grips at all risks: Knowing the shrewd Senate President Bukola Saraki well, he is aware of the impending doom that promises to rock the political dynasty he inherited from his father. Added with the glimpse of what is to come given the grim realities at the last local government elections where he and his foot-soldiers were roundly humiliated from pooling units to the local government levels, with majority of the electorates voting against his candidates especially in Kwara Central.

To get the state in his hands irrespective of the voting direction in the 2019 election, the Saraki strategists have perfected ways and means to ensure that he owns all the candidates in the major contending parties: APC and PDP.
The plan has been concluded to ensure that the PDP is in disarray. While internal party rebellion are being funded, external Byzantine-like invasion of his trusted allies into the party to also come in with their massive war chest.

Meanwhile, in all of these calculations, Barrister Iyiola Oyedepo has been designed must be removed at all costs. This was code named must be achieved in the Ahman-Pategi mode, a reference to how in 2003 the then chairman of the PDP was forcefully removed to allow the invading Bolsheviks take over.

The host PDP is, at present, insensitive to the emergence of the same factor that led to their failure in 2015 all in the name of political materialism at the detriment of the people of Kwara state who is at the moment, seeing PDP as the only alternative to the Saraki trauma they are experiencing.

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