The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has denied social media speculations that the Kwara South Senatorial District ticket has been retrieved from him on account of the last House of Representatives by-election results in the state.
Governor Ahmed stated this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, on Friday.
He described as politically motivated mischief the rumours that he has been asked to step down due to the Peoples Democratic Party’s loss of the Ekiti, Oke Ero, Irepodun and Isin Federal Constituency by-election to the All Progressives Congress.
Ahmed said on the contrary, consultations had been going on before the November 17 election within the political family to consider the request by the leadership of the Ibolo division of Kwara South, from where the current senator hails, for a second tenure in the Senate.
Furthermore, he said the ongoing consultation was based on the view that the Igbomina and Ekiti divisions had successfully served two terms in the Senate as opposed to the Ibolo division, whose representative had served only one term in the Senate.
While describing the last by-election as a farcical exercise marked by voter intimidation, widespread disenfranchisement and the use of security agencies against PDP supporters and members, Ahmed said the result of such a disputed election could, therefore, not have formed the basis of a review of his candidacy for the Kwara South Senatorial District election.
Governor Ahmed assured that PDP will win the general elections in the state as the people of Kwara have resolved never to allow such harassment by security agents again.