Kwara 2023: I will not congratulate Gov. AbdulRazaq – PDP guber candidate, Yaman

Alhaji Shuaib Yaman Abdullahi the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the March 18 governorship in Kwara state, has said he will not congratulate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the governor re-elect.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq the winner of the Saturday governorship election.
AbdulRazaq of the All People Congress APC, polled 273,424 votes to defeat his rival Yaman of People Democractic Party with 155,490 votes.

Yaman while speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Monday, said the last Saturday’s governorship election was fraught with electoral malpractices.

“For the fact that political thugs were used calls for concern among Nigerians, especially among our people and relevant stakeholders. Voters aparthy in the last governorship elections was far greater than before, while the number of voters was greater than the presidential elections. And I think INEC has questions to answer on the electoral process too. “Security forces” were used against people and I wouldn’t know if they are real security operatives used against the people, while the APC monetarized the elections. Our collation offers were chased away in many places.

“I know one thing for sure that evil victory is temporary while that of the Almighty God victory is permanent. We leave everything to God.

Yaman, who was emotional and closed to tears while addressing the party supporters, chastised some party members in some senatorial districts for their alleged acts of betrayal and anti-party activities.

“The spirit that keeps us should be kept alive. God will not repay your good intentions for bad. We need to recover from dark evil. We cannot afford to be led by incompetent and people who do not know what to do to lead. One day, our efforts would be beneficial to us or our children.

“Kwara will rise up again, and our group will thrive. This is a moment to retreat and ponder. This is not the end. Let’s prepare for the battle ahead. It’s not over yet.

He, however, urges the PDP members and supporters in the state to keep hope alive, praying that God will repay their good intentions with good rewards.


Ibrahim Sheriff is the Editor of Fresh Insight and former Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly. Although a management science researcher by training, he has over five years experience of practice in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Strategy. Sheriff holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kwara state University, Malete. He has Certificates in Digital Journalism, Enterprise Creation and Skill Acquisition (ECSA) and Basic Econometrics Data Analysis, as well as Bank of Industry (BoI) Certificate in Business Management. He is also a holder of Diploma in Cooperative Studies from Kwara state Polytechnic, Ilorin.

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