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Kwara LG Polls: APC rakes in N23m

 

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By Mumini AbdulKareem

The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has raked in over N23 million from the sale of expression of interest forms for chairmanship aspirants in the coming local government election slated for November 18 in the state, National Pilot can report.

The amount was realised from the over 82 chairmanship intent forms that have so far been sold in preparation for the contest of the council election.

This figure does not however include other several millions it has realised from the sale of­       councillorship forms across the 16 local governments comprising of 193 wards.

The APC has fixed N285,000 for the purchase of forms for local government chairman aspirants and N75,000 for the councillorship.

As at last night, it was gathered that more than 82 chairmanship aspirants who have signified interest to contest the election have paid for the forms at the party secretariat which has been a beehive of activities lately.

Many of the aspirants were on a last minute rush to beat the deadline set by the party on Saturday when National Pilot visited.

Several sources who spoke with this medium on the matter confirmed that most of the local government have concluded on the issue except in few council where some “gay areas are being sorted out”.

Meanwhile the chairmanship ticket in Isin Local Government has reportedly caused disquiet between the serving Commissioner for Commerce and Tourism, Mrs Iyabo Adewuyi and some aspirants who allegedly have the backing of some influential members of the council.

It was gathered that her opponents have been flying things in the media to discredit her over her alleged interest in the council election.

However, Adewuyi’s name was not on the list of those who purchased chairmanship from Isin

But speaking on the matter exclusively with National Pilot in a telephone interview, she said described her opponents as “anti-sarakite” who are only motivated by the chairmanship position.

According to her, “those who have been flying things in the media to discredit me are enemies of the dynasty and they don’t belong to the structure. They have been our enemy all along until now that the council election is around the corner. I have been a very strong member of the Saraki dynasty and have never failed to deliver for the party during elections in my ward in Edidi.

“My concern has always been to ensure that the structure is not defeated and that has really troubled them. They are only here for one thing and that is the chairmanship which they will later use to fight the dynasty. That has been my battle and they now see me as a threat to their plans. I will continue to work for the dynasty wherever I find myself. The chairmanship position is not for Edidi ward but upper Isin and Femi Adeyemi who they have been promoting is an enemy of Saraki and has always fought the structure. In 1999, we were banned from presetting any Saraki candidate”, she added.

In Ilorin West, it was gathered that no fewer than eight chairmanship aspirants have so far collected forms. They include former Special Assistant on Religion during Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed first tenure, AbdulSalam Babatunde Bello; son of former Grand Kadi of Kwara state Sharia Court of Appeal, Ibrahim Abdulkadir Orire; former board member, Jemilat Salman Igbaoloileayegbo; ex councillor of the council, AbdulRazaq Ajape; former council vice chairman, Ibrahim Olatunji Alimi’ immediate past vice chairman to  Alhaji Zulu Oloje, Hajia Aminat Omodara; immediate former supervisory councillor for works in the council, Saliu Bilewu and one Alhaji AbdurRahman whose other names could not be confirmed last night.

In Baruten, the list include a retired Agricultural Officer in the council, Saidu Musa who is reportedly the consensus candidate of the Zakari Muhammed group and immediately vice elected chairman of the council, AbdulRasheed Ibrahim who feelers said emerged as the preferred candidate  in the Senator Ahmed Muhammed’s camp. Others are Saidu Issa and ex agricultural commissioner, Sanni Muhammed Buria.

It was however gathered that AbdulRasheed Ibrahim has emerged the candidate to beat because of factors a source described as his being a “youth” which has attracted many of them to endorse his candidature especially in the light of the not-too-young-to-run bill. Other contestants who are reportedly septuagenarian and octogenarian do not reportedly have age on their side.

For Ekiti, those that have so collected the intent form, it was gathered included Comrade Yinka Dallas, Hon Reuben Olu Dada (ROD) and Shayo Amos.

In Patigi which was reportedly one of the councils with the highest number of aspirants, the list include Alhaji Abdullahi Muazu a retired treasurer; former vice chairman, Sanni Muazu Shuaib; a civil servant, Uthman Shaaba Baba; former councillor, Kudu Muhammed; former council vice chairman, Umar Baiwa and Muhammed Jia, a businessman.

Others are Idris Alhaji Shaaba, a civil servant; former supervisory councillor, Zakariyau Baba Kimkpa; ex-education permanent secretary, Saliu Jibril Sabi and former councillor, Muhammed Baba Kudu.

In Oke Ero, those that have reportedly collected the intent form were four according to a source which include ex councillor, Hon Bayo Oni; former PDP party chairman in Oke-Ero, Michael Ajamu; Mr Femi Oladipo and a civil servant, one Mr Ishola.

Five aspirants have reportedly obtained the form in Moro and they include ex council speaker, Saka Mumini Eleyele; present TIC chairman, Olaiya Zubair; Barrister Abdullahi Alikinla from Jeun kunu ward; Garuba Alikinla and Engineer Layi Ayande, an ex-councillor.

In Ilorin South, the list include about 7 aspirants, including ex councillor, Alhaji Mustapha Garuba; immediate past TIC chair, Alhaji Isiaka Danmeromu; Alhaji Gani Olola an ex councillor; former councillor, Alhaji Taiye Alaya; ex councillor, Mallam AbdulKadir Ameen; current TIC chair, Alhaja Funmi Salau and Alhaji Olaitan Oniyangi.

The list for Ifelodun include about seven aspirants with the present TIC chairman, Alhaji Mukaila Ayinla Omoniyi leading the pack, former councillor, AbdulRazaq Adekola; former House of Assembly member, Wahab Memudu Wole; former councillor and ex TIC chairman, Abdulfatai Adeniyi Labaka, among others.

The list for Asa has the council Youth Leader and ex legislative aide to senate president, Hon Toyin Amza Onaolapo; Alhaja Kehinde Bale, former, immediate vice chairman, Alhaja Risikat Opakunle, Alhaji AbdurRahman Babatunde Oba and former commissioner for tertiary institution during Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed  first tenure, Alhaji Abdulwahab Opakunle     among others.

In Ilorin East, four persons have reportedly bought the forms and they include former SA on Electrical Matters, Ajibade Adisa; Alhaji Ladimeji Balogun who is former supervisory councillor for works; one Engineer Lar and the treasurer of the council whose names could not be confirmed last night all from Gambari I.

Three people reportedly purchased forms in Kaiama and they include former council secretary, Abdullahi Abubakar Beta; former member of the 7th Kwara state House of Assembly, Hon Aliyu Monde, and former vice chairman of the council who had served twice, Yusuf Usman.

In Offa, six persons have reportedly collected the list comprising of incumbent TIC chair, Olatunji Akeem Sunkanmi (LATO); former SA, Jato Olatundun; present party secretary, Lasun Olarinoye; former councillor, Jide Jato; Waheed Ibikunle and Wahab Saludeen.

In Oyun, only Joshua Omokanye, a former councillor and party chairman was said to have bought the form as the only “consensus party candidate from Ipee.

In Isin, four people have reportedly purchased the form including former council secretary, Michael Iyanda, Femi Adeyemi Gajumo, a former councillor, Prince Omale, an ex -councillor and the present TIC chair, Oyinloye.

The full list:

ILORIN WEST

AbdulSalam Babatunde Bello

Ibrahim Abdulkadir Orire,

Jemilat Salman Igbaoloileayegbo,

AbdulRazaq Ajape

Ibrahim Olatunji Alimi

Hajia Aminat Omodara

Saliu Bilewu

Alhaji AbdurRahman

BARUTEN

AbdulRasheed Ibrahim

Saidu Musa

Ahmed Muhammed’s

Saidu Issa

Sanni Muhammed Buria

EKITI

Comrade Yinka Dallas

Hon Reuben Olu Dada (ROD)

Shayo Amos.

PATIGI

Alhaji Abdullahi Muazu

Sanni Muazu Shuaib

Uthman Shaaba Baba

Kudu Muhammed

Umar Baiwa

Muhammed Jia,

Idris Alhaji Shaaba

Zakariyau Baba Kimkpa

Saliu Jibril Sabi

Muhammed Baba Kudu.

OKE-ERO

Bayo Oni

Michael Ajamu

Mr Femi Oladipo

Mr Ishola.

MORO

Saka Mumini Eleyele

Olaiya Zubair

Abdullahi Alikinla

Garuba Alikinla

Layi Ayande

ILORIN SOUTH

Mustapha Garuba,

Isiaka Danmeromu

Gani Olola

Taiye Alaya

AbdulKadir Ameen

Funmi Salau

Olaitan Oniyangi.

IFELODUN

Mukaila Ayinla Omoniyi

AbdulRazaq Adekola

Wahab Memudu Wole

Abdulfatai Adeniyi Labaka

ASA

Hon Toyin Amza Onaolapo

Kehinde Bale

Risikat Opakunle

AbdurRahman Babatunde Oba

Alhaji Abdulwahab Opakunle

ILORIN EAST

Ajibade Adisa

Ladimeji Balogun

Lar

KAIAMA

Abdullahi Abubakar Beta

Aliyu Monde

Yusuf Usman.

OFFA

Olatunji Akeem Sunkanmi (LATO)

Jato Olatundun

Lasun Olarinoye

Jide Jato

Waheed Ibikunle

Wahab Saludeen.

OYUN

Joshua Omokanye

ISIN

Michael Iyanda

Femi Adeyemi Gajumo

Omale

Oyinloye.

 

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