From Oluseyi Dasilva
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has relinquished the Kwara South Senatorial Ticket to Ibolo as a result of pressure put on him and the national leader of the party, Senator Bukola Saraki.
Ahmed who spoke about his decision through his aide, Lekan Alabi said “I want to unequivocally state here that Governor Ahmed’s decision was purely a political one for the benefit of all and not as rumored by our detractors who seek to score cheap political goals by the development.”
Responding on behalf of his people, Senator representing Kwara South in the National Assembly, Dr Rafiu Ibrahim, praised the Senate President and national leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Bukola Saraki for granting the request by Ibolo leaders on ceding the party’s Kwara South senatorial ticket to Ibolo axis of the zone.
Ibrahim, in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Ilorin yesterday, expressed special gratitude to Saraki and Ahmed for granting the request of the leadership of Ibolo division of Kwara South that the senatorial ticket be retained in the axis.
The senator, who is the beneficiary of the change in the PDP’s candidate for the zone, also expressed his profound gratitude to his constituents, party members and advocates for their support and confidence him.
“The decision of Governor Ahmed to cede the senatorial ticket following the pleas by Ibolo elders is highly commendable; and this has further affirmed his reputation as an advocate of fairness, equity and inclusion. This is indeed leadership by example.
“I think it is also important I clarify that Governor Ahmed’s decision to relinquish the ticket has nothing to do with the November 17 by-election in Ekiti/Oke Ero/Isin/Irepodun Federal Constituency. The outcome of an election that was characterized by rigging, harassment and intimidation of voters could not have led the governor to withdraw from the senatorial race,” he said.