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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, at the weekend, zoned the choice of its gubernatorial flag bearer to Kwara North Senatorial District, ahead of the next general elections in 2023.
The decision was taken after a series of exhaustive sessions with stakeholders of the party, comprising party faithful from the three senatorial districts of the state.
“This development as expected elicited many positive reactions from many members of the public most especially those with concern for the future of our great state at heart,” a party source stated.
“Well, it is important to state that the choice of the party was made in good faith and recourse to justice, fairness and equity, the very fundamentals of our party.”
According to the spokesman of the party, Tunde Ashaolu, the main essence of democracy is inclusiveness which is the crux of the decision made by the party.
He said the party is creating a realm where everyone will feel they belong and have their roles to play irrespective of where they come from or the colour of their tongues.
It would be recalled that the last time a native of Kwara North Senatorial District occupied the office of the governor of Kwara State, was during the short-lived Third Republic in the person of former governor Sha’aba Lafiagi of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, who was in office from January 1992 to November 1993 before it was truncated by military rule.
”The administration was cut short by military incursion and by 2023 it will be 30 years ago, meaning it will be the third decade the last time Kwara North governed the state.
“All the organs of the party played a crucial role in assisting the party in arriving at its decision after making a series of consultations around the state under the guidance of our leader, His Excellency Sen. Dr Abubakar.Bukola Saraki.
“The decision process involved the Local government working committees of the party across the 16 local government areas and 193 wards that the state comprises.
Each local government area presented seventeen stakeholders which comprised women, youths and elders of the party in the decision-making process.
By and large, the decision has been made and has been agreed as a consensus by all the three senatorial districts that Kwara North should produce the next Governor come 2023, the spokesman added.