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Kwara South Group Knocks Senator Ashiru Over Zoning Arrangement Comment

• Says Senator rode to power by appealing for equity, fairness

A political group in the southern district of Kwara State, Consensus Movement, has lampooned the lawmaker representing Kwara South, Senator Lola Ashiru, over his recent comment on the zoning arrangement of governorship ticket in 2027.

Addressing a press conference in Offa on Saturday, the leader of Consensus Movement, Hon. Femi Agbaje Whyte, said the Senator was engaging in double standards because he rode to his senate seat on the back of appeals for equity and fairness.

The press conference was attended by several stakeholders in Kwara South, including leaders and members of Consensus Movement from various communities of the senatorial district such as Isin, Ifelodun, Oke-Ero, Oyun, Offa and Irepodun.

Notable among them are Dr. Abdul Lanre Folorunsho, Father of Consensus Movement; Hon. Rasheed Ibrahim, Chairman of Consensus Movement; Hon. Emmanuel Moronfoye (Isin); Hon. Dipo Owoseni and Hon. Rafiu Balogun (Oyun); Alhaji Toyin Otolorin (Ifelodun); Hon. Apole Felix (Ekiti); Hon. Babalola Adeniyi (Oke-Ero) and Hon. Aliyu Ibrahim Kawu.

Senator Ashiru had in a media chat with newsmen in January 2024 stated that zoning arrangement would not be considered in the 2027 gubernatorial election of Kwara State.

Hon. Agbaje Whyte, who is a former Commissioner of Energy in Kwara State, added that the Senator is attempting to jettison a fair, just and equitable arrangement that will foster peace, unity and harmony in the state.

“Just imagine a senator who ironically rode to power on appeal of equity and fair play but doesn't believe other people deserve such fairness - talk about double standards. We are highly surprised that a person who is less than 7 months in the tenure of 4 years, who has not delivered on the mandate given to him by the people, is busy plotting on how to jettison a fair, justice and equity based arrangement that will ensure peace, unity and harmony that Kwara State state is known for,” his statement read in part.

The former Commissioner meanwhile praised Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his giant strides so far in his second term, telling him to ignore the rumbling from some quarters which he described as the usual cry of perpetual wailers.

“Since inception, we at the Consensus Movement have taken a position on who we are and how we intend to operate. Chief among these is actually to use politics to positively impact the lives of our people either actively or as a supporter of whomever we feel has the interest of the common man at heart. That explains the reason this family has been one of the unapologetic supporters of our amiable Governor, Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

“We fully identify with his uncommon transformation agenda that cuts accross virtually all aspects. From education, health, water and even human capital development. We want to say a big thank you for all of these while charging you to do more. We also recognise the uncommon tact with which you have been able to equitably and fairly manage all interests and tendencies and will implore you to continue the path of honour with which you are known. 

“Please know that the rumblings from some quarters are nothing but the usual cry of perpetual wailers. Our reliable source has it that such dissenting voices are being pushed by people who lost power and desperately clutching every straw to come back in other to continue the looting spree. They are employing all sort of tactics including engaging saboteurs from within to carry out their evil machinations,” he noted.

The Consensus Movement advocated for the conversion of the College of Education in Oro to a University of Education, while also appealing to the Governor to swiftly complete the Osi Campus of KWASU, upgrade the Offa Township Stadium and complete the St Clare's Road in Offa.

“As always, the Governor has never failed to honour our people's request and we are ever grateful for that. So once again, they have sent us to you sir,” Consensus Movement leader Femi Agbaje Whyte said.

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