Minister of National Planning, Dr Suleiman Olanrewaju Abubakar, has stressed the importance of unity among members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State ahead of the 2015 governorship election in the state, just as he expressed optimism that the ruling All Progressives Congress will be sent packing in the forthcoming poll.
According to the minister, the victory of PDP in the state is not negotiable, because all party members and the entire people of Kwara have resolved to fight for the freedom of the state from those he called oppressors and individuals who have held it captive since its creation in 1967.
Dr Abubakar, who spoke through his Special Assistant, Prince Mahmud Dansofo Mohammed, at the leaders’ summit of the party, entitled, “vision for a New Kwara: Unveiling Post 2015 Agenda for Development and Prosperity”, in Ilorin, the state capital, also dismissed insinuations that all was not well with the party in the state, stressing that people jostling to emerge as the flag bearer of the party would work together to ensure victory for it next year.
“Our common goal is to defeat APC next year, and I want all the people of Kwara to join PDP in prayer so as to secure freedom for Kwara from those who have held it captive for years”, he added.
The governorship aspirants, while taking turns to speak, pledged their loyalty to the PDP and said party interest was supreme to personal ambition.
The aspirants: Deacon John Dara, Engr Jani Ibrahim, Senator Simeon Ajibola, Mr Abubakar Kale Belgore, as well as Engr Sunday Babalola and Senator Gbemi Saraki, both of whom were represented at the summit, spoke of the need to save Kwara from decadence that pervades its education, agriculture, public service and other sectors, due to poor governance and leadership.