- The race for the Speakership of the Kwara state House of Assembly continues to generate tension
- A group, Kwara Must Change, has warned Honourable Saheed Popoola to be cautious in his quest to emerge the Speaker
- The group advised the lawmaker not to be greedy and desperate like the outgoing Senate president, Bukola Saraki
A group, Kwara Must Change, has warned Honourable Saheed Popoola to be cautious in his quest to emerge the Kwara state House of Assembly Speaker.
The group accused one Abiola Faronbi of using its name to endorse the Popoola, under a non existing group he described as Kwara Must Change Forum.
The group said there is no group known as Kwara Must Change Forum, adding that the name was recently created to impersonate Kwara Must Change, “in a desperate attempt to misconstrue our position on the matter of Kwara Speakership.”
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In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, April 2 by the spokesman of the group, Abdulrazaq Hamzat, Kwara Must Change said: “We totally condemn the impersonation of Kwara Must Change by this desperate character.
“It is a known fact, that there is no group known as Kwara Must Change Forum. That shady name was recently created to impersonate our group, Kwara Must Change in a desperate attempt to misconstrue our position on the matter of Kwara Speakership, which will by the grace of God, go to Kwara north as fairness dictates.
“Our position is very clear and unambiguous on the position of Speaker and we have stated it repeatedly that our support is for Kwara north and Kwara north alone.
“Hon Saheed Popoola is a respected figure whom we hold in high esteem, but his quest to usurp the Speakership position from the rightful people in total neglect for the principal of fairness will hurt him more than anyone else in the future. In his own interest, we advise him to retrace his steps and back down.
“This attitude of the powerful and influential, using their privilege to cheat on the weak and less powerful, to our understanding is a Bukola Saraki style that we must never allow to take the centre stage in a liberated Kwara and should Hon. Saheed Popoola decides to become another Bukola Saraki, he may eventually end up like him.
“We do not want this to happen to Hon Saheed, hence the advice. Those around him may not be courageous enough to tell him the truth, but we owe him nothing but the truth.”
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Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it will ensure that the party’s decisions are respected by members in electing the principal officers of the 9th National Assembly.
The ruling party's stance was made known by the national publicity secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu.
He said that the party would apply the principle of party supremacy in handling the emergence of new leadership of the incoming National Assembly.
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