Kwara finally free from political bondage —Governor-elect

Kwara finally free from political bondage —Governor-elect


The Governor – elect of Kwara State , Mr AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, said the state had finally been set free from political bondage and underdevelopment .

AbdulRazaq, who was the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate , said this in his acceptance speech after being declared winner of the governorship election held on Saturday .

Declaring the results of the poll on Sunday at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ilorin, Kwara State capital , the state Returning Officer and Vice- Chancellor of the Federal University , Lafia , Nasarawa State , Prof . Muhammad Liman , said AbdulRazaq polled 331 ,546 votes to emerge as the winner of the election .

His Peoples Democratic Party counterpart , Mr Abdulrazaq Atunwa , polled 114 ,754 votes to emerge as the runner -up in the election .

Consequently , Abdulrazaq beat Atunwa with a margin of 216 ,792 votes.

Notably, the APC beat the PDP in all 16 local government areas of the state .

Liman added that out of 1 ,376 ,372 registered voters in the state , 464 ,393 were accredited .

Total valid votes were put at 453 , 433 ; rejected votes were 9 ,994 ; while the number of total votes cast were 463 ,427 .

Whereas different party representatives were around at the INEC office to witness the declaration of results , those of the PDP boycotted the venue .

Meanwhile , in his acceptance speech , AbdulRazaq said as much as the “historic ” event called for celebrations , the people should rather reflect on the challenges ahead and be united.

In a statement , he dedicated his victory to Kwarans , whom he said stood resolutely to see through the revolution that started many years ago .

He said , “On March 9 , the people of Kwara State finally shook off the yoke of political subjugation and socioeconomic stagnation by voting overwhelmingly for our party in the governorship and House of Assembly elections .

“We are faced with the challenge of evolving a Kwara that works for all , away from the abysmal state of affairs now .. We promise to diligently implement our manifesto for the good of our people . ”

He said he would work together with everyone in the state to propel it forward.

“Finally, we are grateful to everyone who supported the ‘O to ge ’ ( Enough is enough!) movement, ” he added .

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