Kwara youths show support for Saraki’s presidential bid ahead of 2019 general elections

In an effort to prove the popularity of Senator Bukola Saraki in his home-state, a Kwara-based group is mobilising youths to a Mass Rally in solidarity with the presidential ambition of the Senate President on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Ilorin, the Convener of the forum, Mr Abdulmajeed Olanrewaju Oba, said the March became necessary owing to the immense contributions of to the state when Saraki was Governor of the state and senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Mr Olanrewaju Oba said: “It is going to be an unprecedented gathering for the celebration of Senator Bukola Saraki’s years of enviable leadership when we host the one-million-mass march around the state.

“The proposed March which will commence by 7 am in the morning of September 15, 2018, at Ibrahim Taiwo Junction, just in front of Mr Biggs, in Ilorin, Kwara state.

“We recommend a Dress code of Black Jeans and no specific colour of T-shirt to commemorate the occasion.”

Commenting on the personality of the Senate President, the youth leader who is also Patron of The Olanrewaju Oba Youth Forum (TOOYF), commended Bukola-Saraki for answering the call of teeming Nigerian youths to contest for Presidency.

Mr Olanrewaju Oba said: “Nigeria currently needs a competent and capable personality like Saraki to lead this country forward for saving the nation’s Democracy through his actions and deeds during the National Assembly chambers siege among others.

“We are thrilled by the prospect of having a leader like Senate President, Bukola Saraki as Nigeria’s President. He has all the qualities and we had thought having him will be something to be proud of. We know that with him Nigeria has a great future,” Mr. Olanrewaju Oba emphasized.

While encouraging other Nigerian politicians to emulate the leadership style of the Senate President, the convener said Kwara youths are strongly behind his ideas and ideals.

“Senator Bukola Saraki has distinguished himself as a leader of the masses and as a man we can trust. We are so sure of his capabilities and he is the best candidate for the job. This is basically why we are organizing the 1millionmass march for him.

“The manner in which Mr Saraki has been running the affairs of the upper chamber of the National Assembly was a pointer to his maturity and his ability to rule the country with a focus.”

“We will win Kwara for PDP in 2019”- Governor Ahmed

Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara state Governor,  has expressed confidence in the ability of the current Central Working Committee of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to secure the state for the party in 2019.

 Ahmed stated this at the Government House, Ilorin, on Tuesday when he met with the newly Inaugurated Central Working Committee in his office, explained that “with the timber and calibre of the people that made up the party executive, the victory of the party is guaranteed”. 

Ahmed who saluted the maturity displayed in handling the harmonization process, tasked the new executive to workhard in ensuring entrenchment of good governance in the state. 

He added that peaceful atmosphere that greeted the harmonization process further confirmed the politics of all-inclusiveness the party structure is known for.

Earlier in his remarks, the party chairman, Engr Kola Shittu told the governor that they were in the Government House to familiarize themselves with the governor as the party leader in the state.

“Buhari is taking bullets from the rich… Nigerians must fight for him”-Keyamo

The Director of Media, Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo has asked Nigerians to fight for the President because he has fought and he is still fighting for them.

Speaking in Ilorin at the inauguration of Buhari/Osinbajo Project 2019, Keyamo also declared that no President, since 1999, has touched the lives of the poor and vulnerable Nigerians than President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the previous administrations established the worst system of government, based on sharing formula of the nation’s treasury.

“They operated a system that ignored physical infrastructure in the country, that ignored the plight of the poor, the weak and the vulnerable in Nigeria,” he said.

“If you compare what accrued to the country in 16 years and what were done with the money earned in three years and infrastructure built by Buhari, you will see the difference. In 16 years, all they did in the South East was Onisha-Owerri road, whereas in three years, President Buhari is doing four major road construction in the region.

“What Buhari has done was to take the bullet from the rich to protect the poor. You have a President who has fought for you, why can’t you fight for him?

“This is the time he needs you more to fight for him. It is reciprocal and that is why we must remind ourselves today why we must stand firmly behind him in 2019. I can tell that there is no government in the history of this country since 1960 that has addressed the plights the poor, the vulnerable in the last three years than this government.”

He listed the administration’s intervention programmes for the poor and vulnerable to include the N5,000 monthly stipends, feeding of over eight million school pupils and soft loans of between N250,000 and N350,000 to small business owners.

“These social intervention programmes show that Buhari’s government is touching the lives of the poor than the rich,” he said.

“Before Buhari came on board, over 24 state governments were unable to pay salaries of their workers. The administration, with prudent management of resources, approved bailout funds to the states to clear the arrears and address their critical challenges. We should not go back to that era of nonpayment of salary and suffering of the masses.”