By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Ilorin West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Comrade Abubakar Sulaiman has said come 2019 General Elections the party is ready to go to polls without Senator Bukola Saraki, his younger Sister Gbemisola Saraki, Kawu Baraje and outgoing Governor Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed and the party would winning hundred percent (100%).
He said the Local government (Ilorin West) which houses the constituency the Present Senate President represents at the Red Chamber was aware of the plan of Saraki and his cohorts to defect to the party they destroyed and left some years ago.
Sulaiman stated this while speaking with News men at the Ilorin West PDP secretariat on Wednesday.
He said if any national executive tries to impose Saraki on PDP Ilorin west they will leave the party for him.
“On this note, Ladies & Gentlemen I want to tell the whole world and the leadership of our great party under the leadership of prince Uche Secondus that without Senator Bukola Saraki, Gbemisola Saraki, Alh. Kawu Baraje and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed Kwara PDP can win 100% of our general election come 2019. As a student of history, we all know what happened in November 18th 2017 during the Kwara State Local Government Election.
“Let me just go on history of PDP in Kwara State because as politicians we are all students of history. In 1998 when PDP was founded neither Late Baba Saraki nor Bukola Saraki now Senator Bukola Saraki, was a member of this great party. In 1999 Kwara PDP won many State House of Assembly and Federal House of Representatives though we lost the governances seat with narrow margin to APP. Late Baba Saraki never won Kwara Election 100%.”
According to him in 2002 when there was a serious fight between the then Governor of Kwara State Late Muhammad Alabi Lawal and Late Baba Saraki, they all knew the story as Late Baba Saraki had to call for help from the great party PDP to rescue him from Governor Lawal and ANPP. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and our party PDP rescued and accepted Late Baba Saraki and the present Senate President into the party but eventually they took over the party through Kangaroo executive and Magomago Governorship primaries.
He added that they knew the story too adding that Saraki families benefited immensely from PDP from 2003 to 2013,they devastated the party and eventually left the party to APC.
He further said they (Saraki and others)couldn’t win or defeat PDP in a free and fair contest but APC led by Senator Bukola Saraki subverted all the rules of the contest.
“The party in government could not win Local Government elections despite all the incumbency power and illegality perpetrated by them.”
He disclosed that official result as released by KWASIEC in the ward of Senator Bukola Saraki (Ajikobi ward) where PDP won with 3,202 as against his party (APC) that scored only 3,158 votes. APC and indeed were not only degraded in Kwara State, they were also tactically defeated by the masses. And that is why, when it was rumored that unless and until Senator Bukola Saraki and Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed cross to PDP, PDP cannot win and deliver the state, the present leader of the PDP in the state see the statement as travesty.
“My fellow PDP members, my leaders, are we going to fold our arms until this consistently consistent destroyer destroys what we have laboured so much to rebuild? The answer is NO. Are we going to abandon all our efforts, sacrifices and investment in PDP because of Senator Bukola Saraki? The answer is NO. Are we going to allow this born political nomad to eject us out of the political party we laboriously built? The answer is NO. If the answers to all the above questions are in negatives, the earlier we take a proactive measure to defend what we have all laboured to build from being destroyed by a serial destroyer the better.
“In Kwara State, we are fighting a cause. There is no other state in the federation of Nigeria like Kwara State especially in terms of misuse of power. This is a state of one man dominated democracy, a state of one man antics, a state where government is the government of one men by one man and for one man as against government of the people by the people and for the people. This is a state where development is in abeyance and the development of one man is equal to the development of the state, this is a state where yesterday is infact better than today, this is a state of dictatorship and this is a state where youth has no future under the leadership of present government,” he said.
He noted that their struggle as an opposition party was not just ordinary, they are fighting for the emancipation of the down throned, the poor, the youth and the oppressed, they want freedom from those who have been taken them for a ride.
“When you see us fighting we are fighting oppressor and therefore we are fighting a cause in Kwara State. We are talking of freedom and liberation of our people the present is taking us for a ride for too long. We are not docile. It is now clear to us that our salvation cannot come from the east, west, north or south but freedom and liberation can only come from within the people being oppressed,” he added.