2023: Saraki Should Run For The Presidency – Kwara PDP

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By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin

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There were strong indications in Ilorin, Kwara State, that the former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki will contest for the Presidential seat come 2023 and he is not denying this.

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The chorus was loudly evident at the just held Kwara State version of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congress where thousands of Saraki’s followers called on him to get prepared to be the next tenant in the Aso Rock Villa.

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According to them, Nigerians have tasted the so much change they clamoured for in 2015 and had since come to realise that the situations that led to the call was far better than the present one in the Nigeria.

They expressed satisfaction with the way Saraki as the then Senate President conducted the affairs of the red-carpet chamber which they said put the Executive arm of government in good check unlike what they said now obtains in the Senate.

The congress, as it is the tradition in the political camp of the Sarakis, returned all the new officers of the State PDP un-opposed to run its affairs for the next four years. This was done through an adopted consensus method supervised by both a delegation of the party’s national office and the INEC.

It will be recalled that both late Dr. Olusola Saraki and his son, Bukola, never recorded disputes over their choices of candidates to run for elections. Neither has it ever happened that litigations come on the heels of picking flag bearers for the party in the camp.

At the congress, former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Babatunde Mohammed, emerged the new state Chairman.

He took over from Engr. Kola Shittu who for three years had held sway immediately Dr. Bukola Saraki led his supporters back to the PDP only to lose all the elective positions to the APC he left in 2019, the first in about four decades of the Sarakis’ dominance of Kwara politics.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) team led by Mallam Shehu Abdulkadir to the event said their assignment was to ensure that the right thing was done despite the consensus method adopted. He promised that the commission would not be partial in the exercise.

Former Commissioner for Communication, Kwara State, Alhaji Babatunde Ajeigbe, who is a lawyer administered Oath of Office on the new party leaders.

In his remarks, Senator Bukola Saraki said the peaceful congress was a sign that the party was ready to lead and take back power particularly in Kwara State.

His words: “We made history today by giving the post of Organising Secretary to a woman unlike the sole position of Woman Leader. We also have majority of our members as youth and we are showing that we are ready to chart the way for political party administration in Nigeria.”

Though his body language was in tandem with the loud calls on him to begin to prepare to throw his hat into the ring for the 2023 presidential race, Saraki simply urged his flowers to pray and work to take over power by the next general elections.

Other newly elected party officers included Alh Rasaq Lawal (Secretary), Alhaja Risqat Abdullahi(Women Leader), Alhaja Balikis Oniyangi (Organizing Sec), Comrade Dan Iyan Dantsoho (Youth Leader), Tunde Ashaolu (PRO), Comrade Bisi Fakayode (Kwara South Senatorial Leader) among others.

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