A frontline politician in Kwara state who recently left All Progressives Party (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Shuaib Yahman Abdullahi, has emerged the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state.
His emergence came after he won the primary election conducted by the party for its governorship aspirants in the state.
The aspirants were three with the other two being, a 3-time member of the House of Representatives representing Pategi/Lafiagi/Moro federal constituency of the state, Ahman Pategi, and immediate past Nigerian Ambassador to Japan, who had also served as a Deputy Speaker and commissioner in the state, Prof. Yisa Gana.
Abdullahi, according to the result announced by the chairman of the electoral committee and the returning officer, Niyi Owolade, polled 518 of the total 574 votes cast at the election.
Owolade who declared Abdullahi returned said said Ahman Pategi recorded 31 votes while Gana polled 14.
He said 574 of the total number of 591 delegates were accredited while 11 votes were voided
The PDP had zoned the govermorahip ticket to the north Senatorial district of the state from where all the contestants hail.
Abdullahi who lost govermorahip ticket of the APC to Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in 2019 had just left the party about six weeks ago to pick form for contest in the governorship primaries of the PDP for the next year election.
He had before this time alongside some other aspirants sought the govermorahip ticket of the APC in 2003 which he and the others lost to Bukola Saraki.
The politician was the Kwara North Senatorial candidate of the Alllied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) in 2011 when the incumbent minister of state for transport, Senator Gbemispla Saraki was the party’s govermorship candidate.
The election which was conducted at the Arca Santa Arena along Ajasa-Ipo road in Ilorin went without rancour as delegates conducted themselves peacefully and orderly
Abdullahi, in his acceptance speech, thanked his co-contestant for accepting the outcome of the election and called for cooperation of all members of the party in the election proper coming up next year.
He said Kwara state under the present administration of the APC has derailed from the track of progress and development and urged that PDP should be voted to put the state back to the track.
Edited by Felix Ajide