By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Former Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Babatunde Mohammed, has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman in the state.
He emerged through a consensus arrangement by stakeholders at the party Congress on Saturday.
The arrangement has Umaru Gunu Mohammed as deputy chairman and Alhaji Abdulrazak Lawal, an in-law of former governor of the state, late Mohammed Alabi Lawal as Secretary.
Tunde Ashaolu retains the position of Publicity Secretary.
Other officers elected under the arrangement include Bisi Fakayode, chairman, South Senatorial zone, Baba Jimoh, chairman, North Senatorial Zone and Haliru Dansoho, as Youth Leader.
The choice of the consensus arrangement came as no surprise to insiders in the party after, as learnt, key leaders of the party had worked underground for the outcome.
Early postulations also show the arrangement as formidable given what is at stake for the party in 2023.
Aside planning to unseat the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the consensus among party faithful at the Congress held at the Atlantic Event Palace, Ilorin, is that former Senate President, Bukola Saraki will be contesting the presidency.
A united party at the home front is necessary first in this direction.
Confirming the projection, Saraki said that work has begun in earnest.
“As soon as you leave this venue work should begin.
“The peaceful conduct of this Congress has confirmed to me that we are indeed ready to take back power in Kwara,” he said.
In his acceptance speech, the new chairman said that he is not unaware of the task ahead. But he said that he is ready to do what is necessary.
“We will start work from the grassroots and work our way up.
“We will use the next local government to tell Kwara people that we are back,” he said.
Affirming the arrangement and election of the party executives, Hon John Akwarashi, leading the election committee of from the national headquarters of the party, said that it was gratifying that the information they heard from Abuja that Kwara was choosing the consensus option was confirmed here in Ilorin.
“It is clear that this choice of officers are the choice of the majority of the party members,” he said.