The minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that all the 13 governorship aspirants of the party in the state will go through primaries, saying that the party has no favoured candidate among the contenders.
“We have not and do not intend to predetermine who our candidate will be. We have no favoured candidate among the governorship aspirants. Whoever emerges will do so through a rigorous, transparent process. So let’s all keep an open mind”, he said.
Speaking at a parley where APC governorship aspirants spoke on their programmes in Ilorin On Wednesday, the minister said that Kwara state has the highest number of APC governorship aspirants in the whole country.
Among the contenders are Ambassador Yahaya Seriki, Alhaji Hakeem Lawal, Professor Oba Abdulraheem, Mallam Modibo Kawu, Kayode Abdulwahab, Mallam Saliu Mustapha, Alhaji Lukman Mustapha, Hon. Moshood Mustapha, Alhaji Yahaya Gobir, Alhaji abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, Alhaji Shuaib Yaman, Tajudeen Audu, and Dele Belgore (SAN).
He said: “This parley is one of a kind, perhaps unprecedented in the history of our dear state. It signposts our determination to conduct a transparent and hitch-free primaries, to do things differently from the past so that we can move our state forward and raise the living standards of our people, after all, governance is all about the people.”
“This parley is particularly important because of the level of interest that has been shown in the governorship ticket of our great party. Kwara APC has the highest number of governorship aspirants under this dispensation. All eyes are on Kwara, so we must get it right, especially as we are sure to occupy the seat of power in this state, come 2019.”
“What we are saying is simple: Let all the aspirants present their vision and mission to our party stakeholders, in an open, transparent and organized manner. If you become the governor of Kwara state under the APC flag, what can the long-suffering people of our dear state
expect from you? How do you intend to ensure that the government serves the people rather than just one man?”
“How can what has become a one-man rule be transmuted to majority rule for the betterment of the people? The answers to these and other questions will give us an insight into your plan of action for the state”, Lai Mohammed added.
Also speaking, state chairman of APC, Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa, said that governance in the state needs total overhauling, adding that Kwara state had not been so blessed in the choice of its chief executives.
“Everything about governance in the state is due for total overhauling, and this we will do for the betterment of the good people of the state.
“After all, it is said that you cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result. What we are doing today is a total departure from what obtains in the oligarchy system we are trying to stamp out.
“We are gradually closing the page of an era that has deliberately held the state back, an era in which the loyalty of public holders is to one man must be served. The result of such undemocratic system is lack of infrastructure, depreciation in living standards and lack of respect for human lives and high-handedness in the corridors of power.
“Never again will our state be held down by the whims and caprices of one man. The old order, which can only nurture mediocre and bring unpatriotic elements to the corridors of power must give way to a genuinely democratic elements”, he said.
Presenting his manifesto, Alhaji Abdulrazak Abdulrahman who titled his speech “A NEW VISION FOR KWARA STATE” stated that his aspiration for political office is based on the foundation of fairness, justice, equity and inclusiveness.
Abdulrazak promised to be fair to all the Senatorial districts in the sharing and distribution of resources in the state as well as in the composition of civil service, avoiding lopsidedness and cronyism.
He said “I will give due respect to our traditional institutions.”
“Today, I would have loved to present a glossy manifesto reeling out lofty and magnificent ideas which may or may not be implementable in reality (considering fiscal realities). such as building schools, roads, creating a robust health care system, urban water supply schemes, paying salaries and pensions as at when due” he stated,
The APC aspirant promised to ensure a regular sitting down with the leadership of the three senatorial districts of APC, to set up committees in each district to ascertain the needs and developmental goals of each senatorial district so as to marry these ideas with the manifesto of the Presidential candidate of the party which represents the Ideology of the party and my vision of fairness, Justice, equity and inclusiveness. 28510501
He also promised to be innovative with education, job creation, poverty reduction, agriculture & agro industries, health care and infrastructure and being mind full of the fiscal profile, serious attention has to be paid to revenue generation, vigorous recovery of stolen funds and assets.
The oil magnate gave a breakdown of 2018 budget that clearly shows that a lot of work needs to be done making reference to the budgeted N190 billion, the statutory allocation is N33 billion, VAT is N10 Billion, IGR is N38 billion, capital expenditure is put as N74 billion while recurrent expenditure is N110 billion). It is obvious that the numbers do not add up and we have to resort to borrowing.
Source: People’s daily