Kwara Elders have endorse the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate President Muhammadu Buhari as the worthy candidate the people should vote during this Saturday election.
The Twenty-three (23) elder led by Dr. Hezekiah Oyedepo made this known on Sunday, and the people were also told to cast their vote for APC governorship candidate in the state Alhaji AbdulRahman AdulRazaq.
According to the press statement by the elders, “we hereby declare our support for the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari because we believe he has done well within the socio-economic and political realities of the country and the glaring resistance to positive change by some reactionary elements.
“We distance ourselves and our people from the greed-driven diatribes and frustrations of a certain political dynasty in Kwara State against the president.
“In that light, we throw our weight behind the president’s plan to evolve a new political culture where nobody is seen to be above the law or is allowed to continue to trade with public funds as they recently exposed themselves to be doing”.
Oyedepo said: “We agree with the candidate that the crises of governance, poverty and youth restiveness and frustrations in Kwara are directly linked to the irresponsible, corrupt and morally-challenged political leadership in the state which holds our people and their culture in utter contempt.
“We submit that this endorsement arose from practical analysis of the political space and its realities.
“We believe that AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq shares our concerns and value system as a people and he would run a government that would reflect the wishes of our people”.
He added that, “we urge our people to discountenance the lousy claim by the unproductive and corrupt elements from the ruinous dynasty about some persons coming to take over Kwara State from Lagos or Abuja.
“We consider the claim very insulting and arrogant as it gives the impression that Kwara has been willed to the shameless characters making the claim.
“We state categorically that Kwara is not the property of anyone and any bonafide Kwaran, whatever their political platform or background, is qualified to aspire to any office in the state without being blackmailed that they represent any outside interest.
“We find it particularly insulting that the fellows making this claim are those whose origins and credentials are suspect.
“These are people, nay political contractors, without any credible roots in this state.”
The elders has also called for credible and transparent elections in Kwara State and Nigeria as a whole.
The signatory to this statements include : Chief Cornelius Adebayo, Brig Gen Saliu Bello (rtd), Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and Engr Simeon Daramola, Chief Ayotunde Raji; Chief Philips O.Adekeye, Barrister Titus Ashaolu (SAN), Alh Aremu B. Yahaya; Alh Yinusa Gada; Alh Yusuf Habeeb and Rev.Jacob K.Abimbola, Alhaji Oba Idiaro, Dr Salihu Ajia, Sen Idris Haliru, Engr Umar Shaaba, Amb Nuru Mohammed, Sen Mohammed Ahmed, Hadjia Zainab Ndalolo, Hon Issa Bio, Alhaji Busari Alade, Alhaji Salihu Idris and Alhaji Isiaka Jimoh.