By Kayode Adeoti
Just as the date for the conduct of elections into 16 local government areas of Kwara state draws near, opposition aspirants have demonstrated resentment towards obtaining party nomination forms.
Among the opposition parties whose aspirants have not obtain forms to vie for the various positions in the poll are; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) KOWA Party and Alliance for Democracy (AD)
Speaking with Publicity Secretary of Iyiola Oyedepo faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, Chief Rex Olawoye, he maintained that many people have shown interest in the poll but they’ve not obtain the forms.
He premised the reason aspirants has failed to obtain the forms on the crisis that is yet to be resolved in the state chapter of the party.
According to him, the national leadership of the party has not fixed a price on the form, and we must get instruction from them before we can do anything at the state level.
“We’ve gotten candidates for all the contestable positions in the election, and they are people’s choice. We want to give the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stiff contest. Even if they are going to win, it won’t be an easy game. We are talking of changing the hands of governance, we are participating fully.
Also, the leadership of APGA told Pilot Politics yesterday that the party is yet to decide on the amount the forms will be sold.
The party National Vice Chairman, North Central, Engr. Sule Ajayi maintained that people are just coming to register their interest saying none has obtained the party.
He added that the party will be conveying a meeting this week to discuss some germane issues that concerns the local government poll.
“Aspirants have only been coming to show interest, none of them has picked the form yet. In our party, there is always consideration; our price is not something that is not affordable. This is because we want people to participate in the poll,” he stressed.
Also, the chairman of KOWA Party in the state chapter, Alhaji AbdurRahman Omotosho maintained that no aspirants have come forward with the intention of obtaining the forms.
He added that he believes politicians are still weighing their choices.
In the same vein, the leadership of Alliance for Democracy (AD) reiterated that the party is not participating in the poll.
According to the state secretary of the party, Hon. Michael Sunday Ologunde, the party is financially incapacitated to go into the poll, that is why no one is coming out under AD umbrella. And we don’t have confidence in the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC), they are just an instrument of the state government to perfect their rigging.