Kwara Speaker, Danladi-Salihu wins re-election bid

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has declared the All Progressives Congress, APC Rt. Hon. Engr. Yakubu Danladi-Salihu winner of the Ilesha-Gwanara state constituency after edging out his main contestant, Usman Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Declaring the result at the collation center for the Ilesha/Gwanara constituency at the Gwanara LGEA primary school, the Returning Officer, Dr. Adewale Rafiu explained that Rt. Hon. Engr. Danladi-Salihu polled 14, 949 votes while his closest rival, Usman Abubakar got 2,072 votes.

“Yakubu Danladi-Salihu of APC having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”, Dr. Rafiu noted.

In his acceptance speech, Rt. Hon. Engr. Danladi-Salihu has appreciated the good people of the Ilesha-Gwanara constituency for their massive support that culminated in his victory, assuring that he would continue to prioritize their welfare.

“I wish to thank my constituents for the show of love and massive support that earned me this sweet victory at the poll, I’ll continue to appreciate and reciprocate this rare gesture with another superlative performance in office while prioritizing people’s welfare”

“In specific terms, I’m extremely grateful to our Royal Fathers – HRH Alhaji Abdullah Idris; the Emir of Gwanara, HRH Professor Halidu Abubakar; the Emir of Ilesha Baruba and HRH Alhaji Idris Abubakar; the Emir of Okuta for their total support and genuine love at all time. I must also acknowledge the support of our clerics, APC stakeholders and supporters as well as the people of Baruten Local Government generally, they have all been a wonderful set of people, and by God’s Grace I would not disappoint them all”.

With this result, Rt. Hon. Engr. Yakubu Danladi-Salihu has now won the seat of the Ilesha-Gwanara constituency for a second term.


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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