The people of Kwara North Senatorial District on Thursday demanded for fair share in the distribution of political appointments in the coming political dispensation in the state in the interest of fairness, justice and equity.
The District under the umbrella of Coalition of Kwara North Groups (CKNG), particularly demanded for full minister in the 2023 Federal Executive Council by the new government to be Inaugurated on the 29th May, 2023.
The coalition also urged the Kwara State Government to demonstrate courage by righting the wrong of the past by appointing a qualified and capable VIce Chancellor from Kwara North, against the fact that the institution is on the soil of the District and no Kwara Northerner has ever headed the institution in VC capacity since over 13 years of its establishment.
Likewise, CKNG requested for the Kwara’s slot of the Board membership of Hydrochloric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), which was vacant after the resignation of the former occupant to contest elections in 2023.
Addressing newsmen in Ilorin, the Chairman of the Coalition, Comrade Abdulqadir Yusuf, Esq said that CKNG had observed with utmost dissatisfaction the replacement of Kwara State Commissioner for Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) with total disregard for the precedence, fairness and equity.
According to him, “the PDP Governorship Candidate in the last election, Alh Shuaibu Yaman was the former occupant of the office. It is only just and fair, and as a matter of fact, right that the position be replaced with someone from same LGA that failed to vote their son, but instead voted the APC in the last election”.
Yusuf, who stressed that CKNG is a non-partisan political pressure group, but a group that advances the fair, just and equitable interest of the people of Kwara North Community on the benchmark of Kwara For All.
“Yet, having been denied the governorship seat in 2019 despite the moral and constitutional provisions of every component of each state in Nigeria to be treated equally. Kwara Northerners swallowed the injustice all for the positive growth, progress, development and peaceful co-existence of all Kwarans.
“Again in 2023, notwithstanding the fact that the area had an opportunity to produce a governor from an alternative formidable political party, but the people massively voted for APC at both national and state elections. The 2023 governorship elections result of Kwara as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows that; of the 273,424 votes cast for APC, Kwara North was consistent; again producing the second largest votes of about 34% that won the reelection of Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak.
“The very least the Kwara Northerners are asking for is simple: in the Federal Executive Council comes May 29, a Kwara Northerner should be a full Minister in the Cabinet.
“There is no greater, higher and better sacrifices as well as selflessness that has never been made and clearly demonstrated by Kwara North, since 1999 up to this moment in 2023.
“What Coalition of Kwara North Groups is demanding for; “do to others as you would want done unto you” for the positive growth, progress, development and peaceful co-existence of all Kwarans and Kwara State, I.e Kwara that works for all.
“The Coalition of Kwara North Groups, is in the light of this and in the spirit of good neighborliness demanding from the leaders of the ruling political party in Kwara State (the APC); the Kwara State Governor and the President of Nigeria that would be sworn-in from 29th May, 2023 (His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu) to in-view of Kwara State that works for all, do hereby demand in strongest of all terms and highest sense of responsibility that a Kwara Northerner should be a full minister in the next Federal Executive Council that would be formed from the 29th May, 2023.”