The various political groups under the leadership of Senator Gbemisola Rukayat Saraki have begun to mobilize members in the state as efforts to strengthen the Peoples Democratic Party’s structure in Kwara State has heightened.
Saraki’s brother, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki; the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed; and other political office holders, including majority of the members of the state House of Assembly, havve defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress.
Gbemisola Saraki’s groups, spread across the state’s 193 wards and operating under the well-organized platform known as GRS (Gbemisola Rukayat Saraki), boast of a huge support consisting of supporters of the late Kwara State olitical kingpin, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, and GRS’s grassroot political groups.
The current mobilization began following the defection of a faction of the PDP, led by Senator Bukola Saraki, a former Kwara State governor, to join the All Progressives Congress .
The GRS organization has benefited greatly from the disenchantment of several former members of APC who are angered by the treatment they received from their leadership and have found the GRS platform suitable for their political future.
The platform has also been boosted by the decision of many erstwhile supporters of former Governor Saraki who opted to join the GRS organization after refusing to defect to APC.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the state leader of Kwara Democrats, one of the main GRS’s political groups, Aliyu Abubakar Ibrahim, said: “The current mobilization and consolidation of all GRS’s groups under our leader’s PDP structure was informed by the recent political development in the state. You know that the GRS support base is wide spread and highly diversified. With the exit of a faction of PDP, other party leaders in the state have all agreed to work together. It is therefore necessary that we consolidate our structure towards achieving a unity of purpose.”
The GRS organisation has a plethora of foot soldiers across Kwara State who were recently given a marching order by Senator Gbemisola Saraki to commence a statewide mobilization of support for President Goodluck Jonathan through the Adamu Muazu-led PDP.
According to Ibrahim: “The GRS organization, being one of the main backbones of PDP in Kwara State, will do whatever is required to strengthen the party. We have a clear directive from GRS herself on the need to build a formidable PDP along with other party leaders in the state to provide unflinching support to President Goodluck Jonathan. Of course, we know we cannot achieve that without giving our utmost support to our new national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. This is what we are doing. In the next few weeks, Nigerians will witness a massive transformation of our party in Kwara State. PDP remain the party to beat in Kwara and GRS is a key factor in the party.”