A coalition of 70 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), under the umbrella of Razaq Kolade Olokoba Political Network has disclosed reasons for its support for the senatorial aspiration of the Kwara State Central Senatorial District candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Saliu Mustapha.
In a media parley in Ilorin, Kwara State Capital on Tuesday, Coalition’s Leader and Convener, Comrade Razaq Kolade Olokoba, stated that the philanthropist activities of the candidate, too numerous to mention form basis for why the coalition pledges support for his aspiration, reasoning that, “if someone that has never been in public office can do so much for humanity, one then can think of what he could do judiciously with constituency funds for the people.”
Olokoba, who is also the National President of the Campaign for Dignity in Governance (CDG), mentioned two quick instances that form parts of reasons the qualify Saliu Mustapha to deserve the unalloyed support of all well-meaning people of Kwara Central District for his senatorial ambition.
The renowned public commentator/social analyst mentioned the recent prompt completion of the long-abandoned Power Sub-Station supplying Ilorin communities which was abandoned by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), at Kulende area of the city.
The second instance according to him was the recent scholarship award announced by Saliu Mustapha for the daughter of the diseased Kwara State University (KWASU), lecturer, Idris Oladimeji Yahaya, from Adifa community in Ilorin who died in a ghastly motor accident along Ilorin-Jebba expressway, leaving behind his wife, father and three children as survivors.
“All these we pieced together and arrived at a resolve that, Saliu Mustapha’s ambition deserves our support to represent his good people. We reason that, if this gentleman technocrat, philanthropist humility personified can take it upon himself from his personal pocket to impact humanity positively without public fund, he will do far better through judicious utilization of legitimate public fund for constituency projects,” Olokoba posited.
Support for Saliu Mustaha’s senatorial project, Olokoba averred would serve three major purposes, explaining that, since the majority of votes in Kwara State comes from the Central District, Saliu Mustapha’s victory will rub positively on Governor Abdur-Rahaman Abdur-Razaq’s second term project as well as influence the victory of the APC’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The Ilorin-born scholar/activist concluded that, his team assuring the three candidates through the interactive media session, Tinubu, Abdur-Razaq and Mustapha of “our members’ full support and our readiness to canvass votes for them throughout the nook and cranny of the state when campaigns proper commence in full force next month.”