*To continue the legacy of pains for the people?
With the increased momentum for both pretenders and contenders to the Ahmadu Bello Avenue Kwara State Government House emerging, it is clear that the candidates have started to show face and interest.
As usual, www.gongnews.net is picking the situation for our readers to read, understand and be able to follow the trend towards the enviable choice of the best candidate as their next governor.
First port of call is the question: Who takes over from outgoing governor, two-term, Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed? As it is, no one is mentioning him as if he will have no part in the choice of his successor. Will the next candidate better or worse or almost like the outgoing governor? In this series, we are looking at the candidates from Saraki’s camp.
Subtle but clandestine meetings have been going on in the underground by both those who want to change the status quo and those who want to retain the status quo.
Contenders and pretenders: Some of the candidates are just running to use the space negotiate for appointments after the elections. They are the biggest pretenders. It is the right of some to just run every four years. Others are just waiting to make up the numbers and go into alliance with the winning candidate.
2019 election seems is going to be very interestingly. This election should take more than the expression of personal ambition, political party/camp or godfatherism to emerge next governor of Kwara State. The trend of what happened during the 2017 local government elections in the state is a clear pointer.
This is owing to the fact that it has become obvious even to the blind that the political landscape of the state has rapidly changed in recent years. It is, however, expected that the man or woman who would occupy the Government House, in the next dispensation (2019 to 2023), is expected to be extremely courageous.
Aside from this, pundits argue that the candidate must have the ability to galvanise support and network across all political, traditional and religious divides of the state. The underlying fact is that most of them cannot win any election without their godfather.
First runners, many pretenders: Already, speculations are rife. Many candidates are throwing themselves around as interested to replace the outgoing governor. At the last count, about 15 pretenders have been scheming.
Prominent names of these folks includecHon. Moshood Mustapha, a former member of the House of Representatives, who currently serves as the Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s Special Adviser on Inter-Parliamentary Matters and Special Duties; the current National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi; Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, who is also a one-time member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Ali Ahmad and a former acting national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje.
Others eyeing the Kwara Government House and determined to clinch the governorship ticket on the platform of the APC include former governor and now Senator Sha’aba Mohammed Lafiagi, who governed the state between 1991 and 1993.
A three-time House of Representatives member, Hon. Ahman Patigi; Hon. Zakari Muhammed, a two-time House of Representatives member; Hon. Amuda Kannike, representing Ilorin South/East at the green chambers; the incumbent Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Babatunde Abdulwahab and Special Adviser on Political Matters to Saraki, Alhaji Toyin Sanusi.
These persons are within the political household of Dr Bukola Saraki. There are other candidates who are outside the Saraki folk who are working but are yet to start the political movement.
Tomorrow: We shall be zeroing down on the individual candidates in the Saraki camp before delving on those in other parties.