Kwara PDP: Bolaji Abdullahi Backs out at last minute
Former spokesman of All Progressive Congress (APC) Bolaji Abdullahi, has bowed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary in Kwara following the violence that trailed election on Sunday.
Bolaji Abdullahi will be seventh aspirants that will withdraw from the race.
Earlier, Ali Ahmad, Saka Isau, Ladi Hassan, Ibrahim Kaia, Zakari Mohammed and Ahman Pategi had pulled out the race few hours before the primary.
The race is now between Razak Atunwa, a federal lawmaker from Kwara central, and Sha’aba Lafiagi, a senator representing Kwara north.
It was gathered the yesterday crisis at the venue of election compelled the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to depart Abuja late in night and address the matter.
Speaking in a statement issued his special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Yusuph Olaniyonu blamed the violence at the venue of the primary as a result of Thugs who broke into the venue to disrupt the process.
The statement reads,” Dr. Saraki believes that competence, popularity and acceptability, must be the deciding factors in the selection of the party’s gubernatorial candidate, as such, due to the fact that many of the aspirants in question meet all three criteria, Dr. Saraki has stated that a level-playing field must be provided for all the aspirants to vie for the gubernatorial ticket of the PDP in Kwara.”
“Going back to today’s incident, accreditation had already taken place, and delegates from two Local Government Areas had already voted. The third Local Government had started to vote, when a few people from that LGA raised certain observations about the process.
“The organisers of the primaries then suggested that the LGA in question should either conclude voting while the observations were addressed, or allow another LGA to vote pending the resolution of the observations that were raised.
“It was at this point that hired thugs then forced their way into the venue of the primaries to disrupt the process.
“It is important to note that despite his influence in the politics of the state, Dr. Saraki has always worked to ensure that the democratic process is followed to the letter.
“Additionally, as many of his political associates are aspiring to become the next Governor of the state, he has maintained that he will allow the people to decide and worked to ensure that the party primaries in the state remain credible.
“That was why he stayed back in Abuja while the primary election in Ilorin was ongoing. He just left Abuja for Ilorin at 9.10pm following the news of the disruption.”