The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, has said he will make people, the fulcrum of his administration, if elected the governor of the state in the 2019 general elections.
Ahmad who gave the assurance in Abuja, shortly after submitting his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP), promised to consolidate on the performances of past and present Governors of the State, to make the state a cynosure of all eyes.
The Speaker explained that his track record as Attorney General of Kwara State, one of the most celebrated members of the National Assembly and Speaker of the state, had equipped him to effectively govern the state, if given the opportunity to serve as Governor.
He assured that he would govern the state with the fear of God and he would create opportunities for all and sundry, adding that job and wealth creations for the teeming youths would be his priority.
The Speaker disclosed that the current legislature under his watch, recorded great feat, pointing out that his exposure, knowledge and wealth of experience had exposed him to the intricacies and dynamics of governance.
Responding, the PDP National Officers, comprising the National Organising Secretary, Rtd. Col. Austin Akobundu, his deputy, Barr. Yakubu Umar, the Youth Leader, Hon Ude Okoye and the Treasurer, Mr. Wale Aribisala, described Dr. Ahmad as a worthy ambassador of youths, whose knowledge, exposure and wealth of experience, would enable him effectively govern the state.
… Kwara North monarchs canvass governorship slot
Traditional rulers in the Kwara North senatorial district have appealed to political leadership in the State to zone 2019 governorship position to the area in the interest of justice.
The monarchs: Emir of Gwanara, Alhaji Sabi Idris, Emir of Yashikira, Alhaji Umar Usman Seriki and Waziri of Ilesha-Baruba, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim, called for support of people from other districts to actualise their dream.
Speaking when a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Mallam Zakari Mohammed, visited the royal fathers in their palaces to seek their blessings, Emir of Gwanara, Alhaji Idris, said, “As one of the founding fathers of Kwara State, I played my role by joining others to lay solid foundations for the state, strolling down memory lane, I recall the sacrifices we made.
“We have also been supportive to the people of other parts of Kwara State. We willingly and happily embrace candidates that other zones have produced. I am happy that I am alive to witness having an aspirant from here for the first time. It is my expectation that the people will reciprocate by supporting your candidature. I don’t expect anything less from other Kwarans.
“May I also appeal to our sons and daughters to please work in unison to get our long-time aspiration achieved by being totally committed to the cause,” he said.
Also speaking, the Emir of Yashikira, Alhaji Seriki, called on people of the area to show commitment to the dream.
“The time is finally here. The task before us is to ensure that we achieve a long-time dream. Every Batonou son and daughter has two roles to play. The first is to pray and the second one is to show commitment and work towards getting the agenda achieved. It is a religious duty that we must all consider important,” he said.
In his contribution, Waziri of Ilesha-Baruba, Alhaji Ibrahim, appealed to people from other areas of the State to reciprocate their previous supports.
Responding, the governorship aspirant, Mallam Zakari Mohammed, said that his focus would be agriculture if elected as governor of the state.
“I will focus on Agriculture if elected governor I will ensure the opportunities it offers are maximally put into positive use. You can touch the lives of millions through agriculture, that is why it is a business venture allowed for everybody; civil servants, political office holders etc. We intend to look into how we can make agriculture alluring and attractive to the youth. Agriculture stands as a solution to many problems. It can help check rural-urban drift, it can reduce unemployment, it is also more effective in reducing crime rate because once the youth are meaningfully engaged, they will not get involved in criminal activities. We have to quickly turn to agriculture because that is where one can do the quickest work and earn results,” Mohammed said.