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Kwara Guber Election: YPP Candidate Steps Down For APC’s Gov Abdrulrazaq


Kwara Guber Election: YPP Candidate Steps Down For APC's Gov Abdrulrazaq
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq [Left] - YPP candidate, Waziri Yakubu Gobir [Right]

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has received a boost for his re-election bid ahead of Saturday, March 18 gubernatorial election.

Reports obtained by Naija News on Thursday revealed that the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Waziri Yakubu Gobir, has shelved his ambition to support the incumbent Governor of Kwara State for a second term.

Gobir reportedly said he stepped down in the interest of the state.

In a statement he issued on Thursday after a brief meeting with the governor, Gobir said he had extensive deliberations with AbdulRazaq over the past few weeks on how to further move the state forward.

He explained that it become apparent that the best way to achieve the goal they have before them is to forge alliances and combine ideologies.

“To this end, the Young Progressives Party hereby adopts the incumbent Governor and gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, in the upcoming gubernatorial election,” the statement.

The statement added: “I assure you that this decision is not one that was made lightly. It was made after weeks of deliberation and a final concession that the incumbent Governor consider some of the policies outlined in my manifesto (the State of Kwara) alongside his equally well-intentioned 10-year Sustainable Development Plan (2021-2030).

“This ensures that, although I will be conceding my place in the gubernatorial race, the action plan that I feel addresses the peculiar needs of some 2,764 communities, 193 wards and 16 Local Government Areas in Kwara gets fused into the implementation of the Governor’s Development Plan.

“Further to this agreement, it is understood that the Governor, upon winning the election, will form a government that further accommodates allies, including members of our own party.

“My fellow Kwarans, a new dawn is upon us, not just for our beloved state but for our nation as well. With our support for Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq, and the President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we are convinced that Nigeria is undoubtedly about to commence a journey of Renewed Hope.”

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Gobir’s move comes barely 24 hours after the People Democratic Party’s House of Representatives candidate in the February 25 election, Wahab Issa, and other top PDP chieftains defected to the ruling APC.