THE Governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Waziri Yakubu Gobir, has stepped down for incumbent Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara.
Gobir told newsmen on Thursday in Ilorin shortly after a brief meeting with the governor that his decision was in the interest of the state.
According to him, he had extensive deliberations with AbdulRazaq over the past few weeks on how to further move the state forward.
“My fellow Kwarans, in the last leg of this election trail, it has become apparent that the best way to achieve the goal we have before us is to forge alliances and combine ideologies.
“To this end, the Young Progressives Party hereby adopts the incumbent Governor as candidate of YPP in the upcoming gubernatorial election.
“I assure you that this decision is not one that was made lightly.
“It was made after weeks of deliberation and a final concession that the incumbent Governor consider some of the policies outlined in my manifesto (the State of Kwara) alongside his equally well-intentioned 10-year Sustainable Development Plan (2021-2030).
“This ensures that, although I will be conceding my place in the gubernatorial race, the action plan that I feel addresses the peculiar needs of some 2,764 communities, 193 wards and 16 Local Government Areas in Kwara gets fused into the implementation of the Governor’s Development Plan.
“Further to this agreement, it is understood that the Governor, upon winning the election, will form a government that further accommodates allies, including members of our own party.
“My fellow Kwarans, a new dawn is upon us, not just for our beloved state but for our nation as well.
“With our support for Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, and the President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we are convinced that Nigeria is undoubtedly about to commence a journey of Renewed Hope,” Gobir explained. (NAN)