The consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti local government for the forthcoming council election scheduled for November 18, 2017 in Kwara State, Comrade Yinka Dallas, has urged his contenders to join hands with him in sailing the ship of the council if he emerged victorious.
Dallas who spoke with Pilot Politics on Wednesday night in Ilorin declared that there was no loser in the contest that saw him emerged the consensus candidate ahead of Amos Sayo and Reuben Dada on Thursday at the part’s primaries.
He said there was no winner or loser in the race and he is ready to work with his co-co-contestants to make the council a better place than he met it.
The coordinator of Kwara South Stakeholders Forum said Ekiti local government council is bigger than everybody and we cannot leave it in the hand of one man if only we want to achieve success at the end of the day.
“I don’t believe the victory is for me but for everyone who desires progress for our council, no victor, no vanquish. We need to work as one family in the interest and development of Ekiti local government.
This is not about Dallas but Ekiti local government which is bigger than all of us and
I see no reason anyone should be aggrieved when we are both fighting for a common cause that has to do with its progress”, he added.
He said he remained loyal to all the leaders and elders of the council and will continue to call on them and carry them along in matters of interest in the local government.
He said the party in the local government will unite as one strong force to ensure that it delivered all the contested seats during the poll.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that Dallas has already set-up a reconciliation committee to reconcile all the aggrieved parties in the contest.
A party chieftain in the council, Engr. Joseph Adebayo who spoke to this medium yesterday night over the development stressed that Dallas has set up a reconciliation committee that will reconcile members of the party who were not comfortable with his emergence.
…APC completes list of chairmanship candidates
All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State, has unveiled the full list for chairmanship and councillorship positions in the 16 local government areas of the State ahead of the forthcoming council poll.
Publicity secretary of the party, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, announced on Saturday that the party was now ready for the council poll that has been scheduled for 18th of November, 2017.
“On Saturday, our party held free, fair and credible primary election across the local government areas in Kwara State”, the APC chieftain said.
“We are delighted to note that party members conducted themselves peacefully and the primary election held in the respective councils under peaceful atmosphere.
“Prior to the primary election, the party leadership had advised aspirants to consider the option of consensus arrangements and the party is pleased to note that many councils embraced the consensus option.
“For Baruteen and Offa LGAs, the aspirants could not agree on consensus building. Therefore, the party decided to conduct primary elections for the aspirants.
“Primary election has been successfully conducted in Baruteen LG the party is aware of some issues from Offa LG. The party wishes to emphasise that it is mandatory for all aspirants and stakeholders in Offa LG to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the party on the conduct of primary election.
“With the successful completion of the primary process, the APC wishes to announce its readiness to contest and win all available seats in the forthcoming council election.
“The party also released the names of the successful chairmanship candidates with their respective local government areas.
“The party is of the firm belief that our candidates are qualified, competent and highly-resourceful personalities that will drive developmental processes and interventions at the grassroots level.
“Therefore, we urge the good people of Kwara State to turn out en masse and massively vote for the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming election”, the party said.
Baruteen LGA – ALH Saidu Yaro Musa, Ekiti LGA – Comrade Yinka Dallas, PATIGI LGA – Alh Salihu Jibril Garbi, Edu LGA – Umar Sanda Yusuf, Kaiama LG – Abdulahi Abubakar Bata, Ifelodun LGA – Fatai Adeniyi Garba, Ilorin West LGA – Hajia Omodara, Ilorin East LGA – Engr Mumeeh Lah, Ilorin South LGA – Hajia Funmi Salau, Asa LGA – Hajia Riskat Opakunle, Moro LGA – Eleyele, Irepodun LGA – Muyiwa Oladipo Kanu, Oke-Ero LGA – Oni Adebayo, Isin LGA – Omole, Oyun LGA – Jalala.
APC however picked Abdullateef Gbadamasi for its candidate in Offa after they couldn’t agree on censuses candidate and primary.
…vote must be count at polling centres, not KWASIEC office – Chairmanship candidate
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming local government election in the state, Comrade Esinrogunjo Musbaudeen has revealed that some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have promised to cast their vote for him.
He told National Pilot that he’s confident of victory in the coming poll adding that the ruling APC and their candidates does not pose any threat against him, he maintained that he is confidence of his victory at the poll because his people has promised him their abiding supports.
According to him, many people from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have promised him their votes.
I have said it over time, I don’t hate our Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki or Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
“Many people from the APC have promised me their votes, this is because they realised that we need change and revolution. There will be many programmes we will embark upon in the council that will bring progress and development for us,” he stressed.
Esinrogunjo also expressed his worries concerning the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) saying he doesn’t have confidence in it.
In order to ensure free and fair election, Esinrogunjo said that the votes of the individuals must be counted at the voting centres not at the electoral body’s head office.
He said he is working assiduously towards averting what happened in some local governments in the last local government election.
“The electoral body sub-change names of those that actually won election from the council levels. We will stay at the polling centres and ensure all ballot papers were counted before we leave,” he said.