The city of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, was locked down as supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Alhaji Shuaib Yaman Abdullahi, stormed the streets vouching their loyalty ahead of 2019 general elections.
The also called for resignation of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, saying he is no longer a member of the APC.
The rally which started about 10am Thursday at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, saw many youths and adults alike chanting songs of solidarity and made procession to the All Progressives Congress house along Flower Garden, GRA.
Recall that FELLOW PRESS had reported President Buhari’s declaration to contest for re-election in April 9, 2018, later attribution his earlier declaration to clearing all suspicions and allow focus in governance.
Yaman, as he is fondly called, is the choice of the President, amongst scores of aspirants who crave for the exalted number one office in the state. Moreso, he is from Kwara North, the next zone eligible for governorship position.
Pledge support for Buhari, Yaman in 2019 election
Declaring support for Alhaji Shuaib Yaman Abdullahi’s governorship ambition in 2019 in Kwara State, the the Director General of Yaman Support Group, Hon. George O. Towoju, said this will to restore the lost glory of the state and rejuvenate the economic potential and wellbeing of the citizens.
The group also declare their total support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, saying “we call on men and women of goodwill and conscience to rally round Mr. President in order to salvage the nation from the current political turbulence and always stand by the oppressed so that we can together build a virile and prosperous Nigeria.”
Saraki should resign — Supporters
Yaman’s supporters who took over the major streets of the Ilorin, also demanded Senate-President Bukola Saraki’s resignation from APC, saying he is no longer one of them that he has betrayed their trust.
“Bukola [Saraki] has betrayed and manipulated our trust, all Kwarans have also deserted you, you will perish in the sea” was one of the songs supporters chanted during the solidarity rally.
Towoju called on Saraki to made his political membership known and resign as the President of the Senate with immediate effect.
“We hereby call on Dr. Bukola Saraki to make his political party membership known to Nigerians and resign his appointment as the Senate President with immediate effect in order to allow for better legislative process in the interest of the masses,” Hon. Towoju said.
Reacting to the recent defection of some APC Senators, the DG Yaman Support Group said, “the defection of some members of the National Assembly from the All Progressives Congress is one of the desperate attempt of Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Abubakar
Bukola Saraki CON and his co-travelers to continue to embark on undeserving political negotiations and mortgaging the genuine interest of the masses for their personal and individual gains.
Further condemning the political bargains, Towoju branded the act as “unwarranted, frivolous, condemnable, barbaric and uncharitable to the overall interest of the entire Nigerian population.”
“It is the resolution of this great movement to pass votes of no confidence on the national assembly under the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki for their ill-political characters capable of initiating political disunity and derailing the executive arms of government from implementing masses oriented policies/programmes,” Hon. Towoju said.