The All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the weekend held a peaceful congress in Kwara state where both parties elect new executives in the state
The nationwide Congress witnessed impressive turn out of members which took in Ilorin the Kwara state capital
INEC representative, security agencies and other critical stakeholders witnessed the election.
Meanwhile, All Progressive Congress (APC) operating under the aegis of ‘Loyal APC’ in kwara state re-elected Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa as it’s faction chairman in the state.
Bolarinwa alongside other new members of the executive emerged through an affirmative process in a congress held at the party’s secretariat, located along reservation road, GRA, Ilorin.
Announcing the new executive, Dr Bolaji Afolabi who served as returning officer said the new executive emerged by wish of the majority members of the party.
Chief Theophilous Adeboye Sunday, Issa Isiaka Agboji emerged as vice chairman and Secretary respectively, Abolaji Olaide Rahmat, women leader, Joseph Ndanusa Tsado, senatorial chairman North, AbdulRaheem Yusuf Akorede, Central and Barr. Rasak Alabi, South while comrade Sunkanmi Afolayan emerged Youth leader among other executive members.
Addressing journalists after the inauguration, vice chairman, Chief Theophilous Adeboye Sunday said “as you can see, over one thousand delegates affirmed the new executive and we are ready to move the party forward through activities that will attract more people to the party”
Noting that the group adequately informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and National secretariat of the party of its congress said “we hope to see them before leaving the venue”
He, however, said that the new chairman, Bolarinwa could not make it to the venue of the congress due to some reason, saying “BOB is absent for one reason or another, but as you can witness, people have clamour for his return as chairman and that is the wish of the majority members of our party”
In attendance: a serving member of the Federal Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Shuaib Yaman Abdullahi, member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Ilorin East/South constituency, Hon. Ganiyu Cook Olododo, and Hon. Saheed Popoola of the State House Assembly, among other party stalwarts.
Meanwhile, The Kwara State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) elected the former Speaker on the Kwara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Babatunde Mohammed as the new chairman of the party in the state.
Mohammed replaced Engr Kola Shittu who has served over three years in office.
The party adopted consensus to elect the new party executives.
Malam Shehu Abdulkadir, led the INEC team to the event.
“We have resolved and will remain impartial as we wish you the best. As a great party.” He said.
Former Commissioner for Communication, Kwara State, Alhaji Babatunde Ajeigbe administered the Oath of Office to the new party leaders.
In his remarks, the national leader of the PDP and former Senate President said the peaceful congress was a sign that the party is ready to lead and take back power in the state.
He congratulated the leaders and followers for making the peaceful event possible by agreeing to the consensus approach.
He thanked the outgoing executive led by Engr Kola Shittu for the services they rendered to the state.
“We are determined to go and retake our mandate.
“We made history today by given the post of organising secretary to a woman unlike the sole position of woman leader.
“We also have majority of our members as youth and we are showing that we are ready to chart the way for political party adminstration in Nigeria.
He charged the new executives to go back to their various wards and champion the message that PDP is coming back adding that 2023 electioneering has commenced.
In his acceptance speech, the new chairman, Mr Mohammed thanked the PDP for the confidence reposed in them.
He said the new executives will work assidiously to return to power come 2023.
He, however, enlisted the support of Saraki and the entire party members to continue to support the party to return to power in 2023.
Earlier, the chairman of the electoral commttee from Abuja, Hon John Aparachi, said Kwara has adopted a consensus adding that ‘It is good that the Kwara people are in tune with what the national leadership has called for to have a peaceful Congress.
Other newly elected executives include Alh Rasaq Lawal (Secretary), Alhaja Risqat Abdullahi(Women Leader), Alhaja Balikis Oniyangi (Organizing Sec), Comrade Dan Iyan Dantsoho (Youth Leader), Tunde Ashaolu (PRO), Comrade Bisi Fakayode (Kwara South Senatorial Leader) among others.