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APC, trusted vehicle to keep victory of 2019 – AbdulRazaq

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) remains the trusted vehicle to keep the victory of 2019.

AbdulRazaq also said on Wednesday in Ilorin that no patriot will leave the party.

The governor spoke at the inauguration of Mr Sunday Fagbemi-led APC State Executive Committee at the Banquet Hall of the Government House.

AbdulRazaq told the mammoth crowd that the people of the state had “resolved not to ever hand the reins of government to wandering wolves and their allies”.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the inauguration was attended by the crème de la crème of the ruling APC, including Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi.

Other dignitaries were the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Salihu; state and National Assembly members; cabinet members; members of statutory commissions and other critical stakeholders of the party.

The governor said no true progressive would leave the party under which Kwara was fast regaining its lost glory, adding that whatever disagreements among brothers can always be resolved if those involved are committed to the growth of the state.

“Today represents a new beginning for our party in Kwara State. I congratulate all members of the new state executive committee. Let me remind you that this position is a trust.

“You now carry the mandate of over 400,000 members of APC in Kwara State to lead us to another victory,” Abdulrazaq said, drawing applause from the huge crowd.

“You are coming on board at a crucial moment. No genuine progressive, whatever the disagreements, will sabotage the collective resolve of the people of Kwara state to solidify the victory of 2019 in 2023.

“From basic education, healthcare delivery, provision of water, infrastructural development and access to the rural areas, prudent management of resources, gender inclusion and youths empowerment, safety net for the poor and welfare of workers, the Otoge administration can only beat its own excellent record. We can do more.

“What is certain is that Kwara people will never again hand the reins of government to the wandering wolves and their allies.

“So, together with the government, you have a duty to mobilise the people of Kwara on this just struggle to keep the till from those who perpetrated mindless pilfering of public properties and brought the state on its kneel.

“We will continue to work on our aggrieved brothers to see beyond personal ambitions and sheath their swords. They are always welcome to the house we built together.

“Our differences are not irreconcilable, if it is all about the development of Kwara state.”

The Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi congratulated the new party officials for standing by the administration of AbdulRazaq.

He also urged them to work in unison for the development of the party and the state.

On his part, the Speaker commended the unity and massive turnout at the event.

Salihu enjoined the new officials to go back to their respective wards and local governments to unite and encourage them to obtain permanent voters card ahead of the 2023 poll.

Sen. Lola Ashiru also congratulated the new leadership of the party and party men and women for their support.

He said the massive turnout explained the turnaround of different sectors by the administration of AbdulRazaq in just two years.

Inaugurating the officials, the state APC Chairman, Mr Sunday Fagbemi, charged party faithfuls to make discipline their watchword, and ensure that they work for unity and victory of the party in the coming general elections.

He also enjoined those aspiring for political offices to pursue their ambition with all sense of decorum and sportsmanship, adding that the party will continue to reconcile the aggrieved members and work as a team.

“In view of these positive developments in the state, all that is left is for us to put our house in order,” he said, after reeling out sector-by-sector achievements of the APC administration in the state.

“Putting our house in order cannot happen without discipline within the party. We will therefore begin by ensuring that there is discipline within the party.

“The party shall also embark on genuine reconciliation to win back our aggrieved members into the party. We shall not relent in our effort to unite the party and match collectively to 2023 to deliver victory for APC.”

Fagbemi noted that the government was doing a lot in preparing the youths for a better future and also giving them responsibilities and empowerment to achieve that goal.

He said AbdulRazaq had achieved much in the areas of school infrastructure, healthcare service, road network and human capital development, commending the transparent manner the government conducted the recent TESCOM/SUBEB teachers’ recruitment.

“We will disagree to agree, fight and mend fences, sometimes spit in our respective faces; then help each other clean it up again.

“This is the nature of human interactions and we went through all these processes before God finally crowned our efforts through our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019,” he added.

The new chairman therefore called on the aggrieved party members to unite and be one another’s brothers.

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