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Gov Ahmed Withdraws From Kwara South Senate Contest



Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has withdrawn himself as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for Kwara South Senatorial election it emerged on Tuesday.

News of the development came after the beneficiary of the action, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim commended the leader of the party in the state, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor Ahmed for the action.

Dr. Ibrahim who is the incumbent senator had initially lost out to Governor Ahmed who was filed as the candidate of the party for the senatorial district. However, the party appeared to have a change of heart after the recent loss by the party in a House of Representatives bye election in the senatorial district and mutterings by the Ibolo axis that they were being marginalized by the decision to deny Ibrahim a second term.

In a statement issued by Senator Ibrahim obtained by, he said:

“I wish to commend the decision of the national leader of our party,and the Senate president Dr Bukola Saraki, and our governor Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed for ceding the kwara south senatorial slot to Ibolo axis, of which im a beneficiary

“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.

“You will recall that last week, on the floor of the Senate, I raised concerns about the conduct of the poll and the use of security operatives by the Federal Government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to intimidate voters as well as harass members of the PDP.

“It was on this basis the Senate directed its Committee on Police and National Intelligence to investigate the matter. I have no doubt that the PDP would have won the election if it was conducted in a free, fair and credible manner.

“Let me also use this opportunity to thank all the leaders of our party in my senatorial district and the state at large for demonstrating quality leadership and for their efforts in upholding the unity of the party. I hereby reiterate my unflinching loyalty and commitment to the entire structure of the party.

“I also would like to thank the good people of Kwara state for their continued support and belief in our great party, PDP despite all the calumnious campaign launched against our leaders and the party by desperate politicians in the state.

“I am confident that with the support of Kwarans, our party will triumph in the 2019 general elections.”



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