PEOPLE of the Kwara North senatorial district in Kwara State have called for power shift, appealing to all political parties in the State to make indigenes of the district their governorship standard bearers in the 2019 governorship election.
The people of the area, under the aegis of Coalition of Kwara North Group (CKNG), and with the mandate of all traditional rulers, elders, women, and youth across five local government areas of Moro, Kaiama, Edu, Patigi and Baruten, said that it is the turn of the district to produce next Governor of the State.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Friday, members of the group, led by their spokesperson, Comrade Kolo Majin, warned political parties to abide by its demand or shun their areas for the campaign.
“In the event that our demands are not met or taken for granted, we will boycott the governorship elections, we will deny access to campaign in the length and breadth of our area to candidates who are non-indigenes of Kwara North and we will also reconsider the essence of our continued existence as an undermined region in the State.
“We, the entire people of Kwara North collectively declare that it is simply wise to say, since the inception of democracy, dating back to 1999 and after Kwara Central had run the affairs of our political leadership from 1999 to 2011 (Mohammed Lawal
and Bukola Saraki) respectively, Kwara South running from 2011 till date, where next as a function of common truth and trust must only be the North of Kwara. Based on the ethics of natural justice, fairness and equity, power must shift to Kwara North come 2019,” he said.
He also demanded that all political party platforms should have as their flag bearers only candidates of Kwara North extraction, saying that, “We reject all other aspirants seeking governorship ticket except candidates from Kwara North; we refuse to play second fiddle to any other district.
“Our loyalty is not a sign of weakness, but because we are people with high moral values and a great sense of
decorum. We make to say and fearlessly so that we are not inferior to any other sections most especially the Central.
“Irrespective of political parties and divides, it is morally justifiable for Kwara North to produce the next Governor of the State.
“This is the collective will and position of the entire people of Kwara North excluding its Judases and prodigal children who, as a function of a plate of portage, sell their birthrights with no bonus,” he said.