2019: Another Kwaran joins presidential race


A retired lecturer in the department of Business Education at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Mahmood Aliyu, on Saturday declared his intention to contest the presidential seat in the forthcoming 2019 general election under the Peoples Redemption Party, (PRP).
His declaration is coming few months after anther Kwara Don, Professor Olufunmilayo Adesanya-Davis made a similar declaration under the PDP.
Aliyu hails from Offa, Kwara South region of the state.
He made his declaration in Ilorin, Kwara State shortly after a press conference held at the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) secretariat, Offa road, Ilorin.
According to him, “We believe in the forging of Nigerian national unity on the basis of justice and equitable political, social and economic opportunities for all citizens, within a genuinely federal system of government on which our diversity is recognised and cherished.
“With this, come 2019, the era of some animals being more equal than others will be over. All Nigerians will be treated on equal ground as Nigerians on their individual merit.”
Meanwhile, a member of the National Executive Committee of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Issa Aremu, has formally declared to run for 2019 governorship election in Kwara State.
Mr Aremu, who is also the General Secretary of Textile Workers Union, said he will be running under the flag of Labour Party of Nigeria.
According to him at an interactive session with newsmen at the NUJ secretariat, lamented that unlike first generation states such as Kano, Rivers and Lagos, which he said have advanced in roads, health, education, security and public welfare, Kwara in recent times is still far behind.
He said it was time for Kwarans to “organise and enthrone inclusive governance for mass prosperity for all.”
He said the “well- having” of the few ruling elite had denied “the well- being” of many Kwarans.
He had formally declared for the race on Wednesday at the Nelson Mandela centenary birthday celebration in Ilorin, Kwara State on Wednesday.

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