Details have emerged of how major stakeholders from Ibolo Division of Kwara South Senatorial District, prevailed on Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed to cede the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) Senatorial Ticket to the Division.
According to sources, a delegation of senior PDP stakeholders from Ibolo, which comprises Offa and Oyun Local Government Areas, visited Governor Ahmed at Government House, Ilorin on Friday night to persuade him to drop the Senatorial ticket in favour of an Ibolo aspirant, widely believed to be the current occupant, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim.
The delegation which comprised Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Kola Shittu, Mrs. Wosilat McCarthy, Capt. Taiwo Popoola (rtd), chairpersons of the party in both Local Governments and other stakeholders, according to the source, pleaded with Governor Ahmed to give up the PDP Kwara South Senatorial Ticket to allow Ibolos have a second shot at the seat in keeping with the existing tradition of rotation within the political party.
The Oyun and Offa stakeholders told Governor Ahmed that since Igbomina and Ekiti indigenes had both served two terms at the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, it was only right to extend the same opportunity to the Ibolos in the interest of equity and fairness.
The source revealed that the delegation also urged the state governor to accede to their request based on his reputation as an advocate of equity, fairness and inclusion in the party and within the polity as a whole.
The delegation, which took turns to make their case, said that doing so will further strengthen and unite the party while giving the people of Offa and Oyun a greater sense of belonging in the PDP.
Responding, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed thanked the delegation for its visit and acknowledged that he has always advocated for fairness, equity and justice in the affairs of the Kwara South and indeed the State.
Governor Ahmed reportedly told the Ibolo leadership that having listened to their entreaties and considered historical and political antecedents in the state, he will grant their request in order give the Ibolos a fair chance at achieving equity.
Governor Ahmed reportedly informed the delegation that the party leadership in the state will use the opportunity of the personal sacrifice he was making to revisit other positions across the board to address concerns of equity raised by the outcome of the last PDP primary exercises in the state.
Alhaji Ahmed was quoted to have said that as one of the PDP leaders in the state and its leader in Kwara South, he was making a sacrifice to demonstrate leadership by example as well as deepen equity in the party.
He said this will further strengthen the unity of PDP in the state as a party of inclusiveness as opposed to what transpired in the All Progressives Party(APC) where inclusiveness and justice were jettisoned and tickets were given to the highest bidder.
Governor Ahmed said this state of affairs is why APC is in disarray despite the efforts on its leadership.