From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Mohammed Dele Belgore on Wednesday began on a tour of the Kwara South senatorial district where he was received by party executives and supporters who described him as a very outstanding aspirant among the pack.
Belgore, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), began the tour from the PDP local government headquarters at Oke Ero where party chieftains took turns to assess him.
Belgore also visited Ekiti, Irepodun and Isin local government areas where he told party executives that the only agenda he has is “the agenda of a new Kwara where our children will not be at the mercy of anyone to attain their full potentials, a Kwara that truly belongs to all of us.
“Whether you are from south, north or central we are all victims of arbitrary rule of one single individual and his lackeys. I want you to know that Kwarans, whether from south, central or north, have a common enemy. We have a golden opportunity to chase him away now,” Belgore said, repeatedly drawing applause from party chieftains.
Some of the party chieftains who spoke during the tour thanked Belgore for his pro-unity stand and reassured him of support at the appropriate time.
Speaking on behalf of the executives of Oke Ero, Pa Ebun Afolayan, said “We were very glad and excited at your coming to PDP. When we heard that you did not agree to stay in APC with them we heaved a sigh of relief. And your coming to the PDP really enlivened the party. We have been used as second fiddle and we urge you not to forget us when you get there.
“We know your quality because at a time people couldn’t challenge the status quo, you stood firm and fought a good fight that saw you going as far as the Supreme Court. We all knew the truth at that period.”
Bade Ajayi, PDP ward chairman for Oke Opin Etan ward who spoke on behalf of the Ekiti executives, said Belgore’s personality, charisma and pro-unity stance are “infectious.”
He said Ekiti would stand behind the candidate they believe could win the election for PDP irrespective of where he comes from.
Belgore was accompanied on the trip by top party chieftains and elders from across the state including a former lawmaker Chief Bisi Oloruntoba, Reverend Bunmi Olusona, Alhaji Atanda Zoro, Mallam Yunus and Chief Titiloye.