By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
The Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC) local government congress was held across the state on Saturday amid fanfare as party delegates trooped out to elect new executives at the local government level.
Party delegates peacefully elected new leaders through affirmation of the consensus list earlier agreed to by all the stakeholders.
The congress was held across the state in a peaceful atmosphere and close supervision by the APC team from the national secretariat Abuja and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), deployed for the exercise.
Some of the newly elected APC local government chairmen include: Sulaiman Tejidini (Ilorin West), Shehu Yahya (Asa); Ambali Hakeem-Jaji (Ilorin South); Lawal Habeeb (Ilorin East) and Olumide Ibitoye (Irepodun).
Reports from Baruten, Irepodun, Ekiti, Isin, Ifelodun, Patigi, Edu, Moro, Kaiama, and Offa, among others, indicated that the exercise was hitch-free and without untoward incidents as party delegates affirmed their consensus list.
An official of INEC, Muhammad Kabir who monitored the process in Ilorin, the state capital, described the exercise as peaceful.
“I am really impressed with the conduct of the exercise in this local government. We are going round to see for ourselves. It is very peaceful,” Kabir disclosed.
In his reaction, the state chairman APC caretaker committee Alhaji Abdullahi Samari expressed delight that the process was peaceful and orderly throughout the state.
“So far so good, the reports I have indicate that congress went on well in all the 16 local government areas. The congress was conducted peacefully. It was consensus all through,” Samari said.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters Alhaji Abdullateef Alakawa, for his part, urged party members to continue to work together, support the vision of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, and work as members of the same family irrespective of their differences.
Also speaking shortly after the congress, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Strategy, Alhaji Sa’adu Salau applauded the consensus arrangement which produced new leaders at the local government level.