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11 Dec 2017

2019: Gov. Ahmed speaks on him, Saraki joining Atiku in PDP

The Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has said he and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, would not join a former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Ahmed said they were committed to using the platform of the APC to deliver service to the people.

Governor Ahmed addressed newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.

He pointed out that while they had cause to dump the PDP as of the time they did, they had no reason to leave the APC now.

According to Ahmed, “It is very unlikely for us to return to the PDP because we are not unhappy with where we are in terms of expectations, service delivery and direction of governance.

“When you are already working towards achieving result , you will want to see that the result get to the people before you will begin to say you want to jump boat.

“We don ’t have any reason to jump boat for now. Don’t forget that we left the PDP because we had reasons to do so. We don’t have reasons to leave now. We have reason to see that service delivery is given to the people.

“We are committed to ensuring it gets to the people. When I used the word ‘we,’ it is inclusive of the Senate President. We are fully committed to using the instrumentality of the APC to deliver service to the people and we have a strong direction.

“It will be foolhardy to abandon that, leave and go and start all over again. When I say ‘we,’ I am talking about the political group in Kwara.”

He said former President Goodluck Jonathan made it easy for them to leave the PDP because he did not inaugurate any project in Kwara State.

On National convention of the PDP, Ahmed added, “No, their convention was not a threat.

“In fact, I expect that they should organise themselves because we require a vibrant opposition. Don’t forget that it is when there are checks and balances in the system that allow you to see areas of deficit and improve on what you are doing.

“Without a viable opposition, we may likely not be able to see what we are doing wrong. You know the system is full of people that will always tell you what you want to hear but from the perspective of the opposition, you will begin to see clearly areas that require adjustment and improvement. For me, their coming on board is a welcome development.”

The governor further explained that it would be foolhardy of him to run the state independent of the Senate President or any other person that had contributions to make.

Ahmed said, “Kwara State Government is run under institutional frameworks that are working. I was part and parcel of my predecessor’s administration. I was part and parcel of the policy formulation which formed the bedrock of what I am driving in the state today.

“It will be foolhardy to say I want to run the state independent of his input . It will also be foolhardy to say I want to run independent of others that have things to contribute to the state.

“What makes good governance is inclusiveness. Traditionally, people are used to seeing sitting governors fighting their predecessors and sitting Presidents fighting their predecessors. That has robbed us of continuity, improvement and upscaling.

“We keep forgetting that governance is about service delivery . We believe that as far as governance is about the people of the state, we will continue to work together because it was under his administration I understood politics, policy formulation and service delivery.

“It will be foolhardy for me to begin to run independent of his opinion and input as well as those before him.

“We have for once made Nigerians to see the benefit of continuity. If this can be translated to what we do at the national level , Nigeria will be better off for it.”

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