Kwara appointment: North Central is shortchanged ― APC

A group in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state, Save Kwara Group (SKG) has decried alleged marginalisation of the North-Central zone by the APC-led Federal Government in appointment to key political positions.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Thursday, the chairman of the group, Alhaji Mohammed Abioye, said that the north-central zone voted massively for the government at the centre in the last general elections.

The group also said that it was at the forefront of the liberation struggle for the emancipation of Kwara state from the immediate past government.

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“As you may be aware, recently there was a north-central zonal meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja. A point was raised that generally the zone has been marginalised in the appointment to key positions by the Federal Government.

“It is on record that the north-central zone voted massively for the APC in the last general elections. As at today the President, the Vice President and Senate President are not from here.

“What we are saying is that the zone should be considered for some concessions in future appointments”, he said.

On the performance of the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in the past two months, Alhaji Abioye gave the governor a pass-mark.

“60 or 70 days are too short to assess the performance of any governor. But I think the governor has done very well. He has been able to demonstrate to Kwarans that a governor is not supposed to lord it over anybody. Our governor is very accessible.

“In terms of infrastructural development, many of the pot-hole ridden roads in the metropolis are being patched up daily. He has also released money for the completion of ongoing projects. So I think we are going on well.”

Earlier, Convener of the group, Benjamin Oyinloye, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “consider the precarious political situation of the zone.

“As it stands, the north-central zone is presently shortchanged politically and the president needs to placate the tensions and emotions of its supporters in the region.”

Mr Oyinloye urged all elected public office holders in the state to reflect that “their election into office was bought at too great a price. Hence it is demanded of you all that you must distinguish yourselves, put the state and its citizens first in every decision you intend to make”, he said.