The Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC) will hold a sensitisation meeting today with stakeholders in the state on the 2017 local government election scheduled for November.
According to the commission’s spokesman, Solomon Oladoyin who confirmed the meeting last night in a telephone chat with Pilot Politics, the event is aimed at sensitizing key stakeholders in the state in order to have a successful local government election.
He said all the security chiefs in the state, representatives of political parties, their chairmen and secretaries, organizations and associations including the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), among other critical stakeholders are expected to grace the event.
He said the commission just returned from its tour of other parts of Kwara north last night in continuation of the sensitisation tour to have a hitch free council election in the state.
He said KWSIEC will continue to engage all relevant bodies and unions aimed at conducting acceptable exercise.
The commission shifted the date of the election from November 4, 2017 to November 18, 2017 citing the need to provide opportunity for interested contestants who went for hajj to participate in the process.
The deadline for the submission of the nomination forms by parties and their candidates lapsed on Tuesday 19, 2017.
However, despite several pleas from some opposition parties, KWSIEC refused to extend the date of submission adding that it will make mockery of the process.
…community hails emergence of female candidate
The Aboto Oja community in Asa Local Government of Kwara State has hailed the choice of Hajia Risikat Opakunle as chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 18, 2017 local government election in the state.
Some leaders of the community, who reacted to the emergence of Hajia Opakunle, a one-time Special Assistant on Women Affairs to former Governor Bukola Saraki, said the consensus arrangement through which she emerged was the best for crisis-free political process.
In his reaction, the Alaboto of Aboto-Oja, Mallam Kasali Yakubu, said the Ccommunity was not in doubt about the antecedent of the APC chairmanship flag-bearer, adding that her record as a political office holder showed she is a worthy ambassador of the people.
“We are not surprised by the choice of Hajia Risikat Opakunle as the candidate of the APC in the local government election around the corner. Checking through her record when she served as Special Assistant on Women Affairs in the state, she proved herself as a reliable, dependable and loyal personality.
“Unlike what some others would do, she did not abuse opportunity provided by her office to amass wealth to the detriment of those she was meant to cater for. She performed excellently and we thank Almighty Allah she is the choosing one this time around.
“We thank Senate President Bukola Saraki for the choice of Hajia Risikat Opakunle. I also thank Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, APC stalwarts in the state and Asa local government in particular for rallying round our daughter”.
Another community leader, Alhaji Kareem Alaro Sholadoye Aboto, praised the leadership of the APC for ensuring equity, justice and fair play in the process leading to the selection of Hajia Opakunle.
He assured that the community would continue to support the political structure of Saraki, which has given politics of the state a face lift by making it the best ever in the country.
Sholadoye urged politicians in the country to emulate the leadership style of APC leader in the state in order to ensure understanding, peace and unity among the political class.