Kwara South Elders Plot Strategies for PDP Governorship Race
Kwara South PDP Elders Forum at the weekend came together to plot strategies to have one of its sons as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
At a meeting held at the residence of the immediate-past Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Joel Ogundeji, at GRA, Ilorin, the elders resolved to ensure that an aspirant from the zone emerged as the candidate of the Peoples democratic Party (PDP) from the zone.
Present at the meeting were Chief Samuel Adedayo, Chief Henry Olaosebikan, Hon. Kola Bukoye, LanreOgundeji, Chief TejumolaAdeyemi, Chief Rex Olawoye, Mr.segunOlawoyin and a host of others.
Eleven aspirants have indicated their interest to contest the PDP primary election in the state out of which five are from Kwara South Senatorial district comprising seven local government councils. The resolution to support one of the aspirants from the zone tabled by the secretary of the Elders Forum Dr Hezekiah Oyedepo and was affirmed by all those that present through unanimous voice vote.
Earlier, five aspirants had presented highlight of their manifestos to the forum where they spoke on their strategies to improve the economic and social status of the state.
The five aspirants from the senatorial zone included AlhajiJani Ibrahim, Mr. Sunday Babalola, Dr. John Dara, Senator MakanjuolaAjadi and Senator Simon Ajibola.
Ibrahim anchored his programme on a 4-point agenda of massive job creation especially for women and the youths, mechanized agriculture, development of natural resources and provision of infrastructure.
He said his Kwara prosperity agenda is designed to transform the vast potentials of the state to wealth for the benefit of all citizens.
According to him, “Kwara has been held down by poverty of ideas, we will all break that cycle and transform our vast potentials to commonwealth. We will take the state from “good” to great” in a record time.”
He also promised to build a general hospital in each local council and provide potable water to every household by 2018.
Babalola promised to improve agriculture, provide quality infrastructure including roads and affordable housing.
Dara urged the elders to shun those who seek to mix politics with religion as they search for a credible candidate who will not play a second fiddle.
He then presented a four-point programme of social mobilization that will ensure collective participation in social and economic development, provision of quality infrastructure, human resources development with focus on sound education, healthcare and economic management for massive revenue generation from tourism and agriculture.
Ajibola said if elected as the governor, he would pursue good governance through efficient management of resources, a reformed taxation system and massive development of rural communities. He also promised to grant full autonomy to local council administration.
Senator Ajadi identified lack of fairness, equity and justice as the missing links for good governance in the state and promised to redress the situation if elected as governor.
He also promised to introduce a citizen participatory system in drawing and executing development plans while giving special care to women, the youths and the elderly.
All the aspirants pledged to work together and support whoever emerges as the PDP flag bearer in the 2015 general election.