Intensive lobby for political posts begins in Kwara
AS Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, newly-elected for second term of four years, continues to savour his victory in office, the population of members of his All Progressives Congress (APC) jostling for political appointments may remain his biggest concerns.
Already, some members of the party in the state are urging the Governor to drop many of his aides who had been in power since the days of his predecessor, Bukola Saraki.
Proponents of the change, who are drawn from all the state’s local councils, premised their agitation on the ground that they had not received “enough benefits” of their loyalty and commitment to the cause of the party.
According to one of them who spoke on the condition of anonymity, “we will like the Governor to drop many of his appointees under this present dispensation. This will enable us to have enough benefits of our supports for the APC and of course, our political group under the leadership of Saraki.”
Another group that may equally be considered for appointments is the group led by Gbemisola Saraki, former Senator and sibling of the party leader in the state, who recently defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling APC.
Besides, those who announced their defection to the APC after the general elections would also be expecting some political appointments to consolidate their new membership of the party.
Another group that may equally be considered for appointments is the group led by Gbemisola Saraki, former Senator and sibling of the party leader in the state, who recently defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling APC. Besides, those who announced their defection to the APC after the general elections would also be expecting some political appointments to consolidate their new membership of the party.
But why arguments for the appointment of Gbemisola Saraki’s group may be plausible, considering the fact that her late biological father’s structure formed the bulk of the people in the APC in the state, it remains unclear to political pundits on what will be the justification for the Governor dropping some persons considered “workaholic appointees” in the last dispensation.
According to Government House sources in Ilorin, the Governor and indeed the leader, Bukola Saraki, would not condone any dead wood in the new government to be formed citing the need to “work well to curry the favours of the voters in the state before the next round of elections.”
Saraki, the predecessor of Ahmed in office, said in a chat with reporters in Ilorin, “Nigerian politics has grown and we are aware of this. Your performances in office will henceforth determine your chances at the polls.
We need to match our promises with performances. Therefore we need to have a team that will reflect the aspirations of the people who invested their ballots on the government.”
Already, intensive lobbying has commenced at the Government House with people exploring all avenues to present themselves and get the required nod that would place them on the list of beneficiaries of political positions.
This is coming as expectations are high that the Governor may next week announce the dissolution of his cabinet which was constituted some four years ago at the commencement of the administration. The expected cabinet dissolution would be preparatory to the composition of Ahmed’s second term tenure.