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Kwara Guber 2023 : Meet the men who want to unseat Abdulrazaq

As Kwarans prepares for its 2023 Gubernatorial election and most likely its 5th Governor since the return of democracy in 1999, a few number of aspirants have emerged promising to develop kwara state. 

While political parties are still planning and weighing their options ahead of the elections, campaign posters of some gubernatorial aspirants have started littering the state already.

Those whose posters and billboards are yet to be seen anywhere have been giving us hints about their intentions to run for the number one seat in the state. 

In no particular order, here is a list of politicians that are positioning themselves to unseat Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in 2023. 

Prof Abdulraheem Oba Shuaib (SDP) 

Abdulraheem, hails from Ilorin west local governments area of the state is one of the most popular serial gubernatorial aspirants in the last 3 political dispensation. He contested for the Kwara gubernatorial seat in 2011, 2015, 2019. 

Oba Abu as he is fondly called is a former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin and Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC). 

He is the traditional title holder of Talba of Ilorin. 

The former Educationist recently defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and he is said to be eyeing the party’s Governorship ticket

Baba Idris (PDP)

Baba Idris is a stalwart of the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state. 

The young politician who is from Patigi local governments area of the state is a prominent follower of the immediate past senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki. 

He is also a member of the PDP 2021 National Convention Committee. 

Baba Idris joined the gubernatorial race after the his party (PDP) micro zoned its ticket to Edu/Patigi/Baruteen among the five councils that make up the northern district.

Hon. Abdulganiyu Cook Olododo (SDP) 

Abdulganiyu Olododo currently serves as Federal Representative representing Ilorin East/Ilorin South constituency in the 9th National Assembly.

Olododo who is a former Secretary to the Government of Kwara State dumped the ruling, All Progressives Congress (APC) for Social Democratic Party (SDP) few days back. 

During his declaration He said, “My ambition is a drive to serve our dear State as a result of calls from various political and other interest groups across the state who are clamouring for a better alternative to good governance, urging me to contest for the exalted position as governor.” 

Alh Shuaib Yaman Abdullahi (PDP) 

Alhaji Shuaib Yaman Abdullahi, a governorship Aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in the 2019 general elections in Kwara State. 

Yaman who is from Northern senatorial district of the state is currently the Federal Commissioner For Revenue Mobilization allocation and fiscal Commission. 

He recently joined the leading opposition Party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and he is positioning himself to be the party’s flag bearer. 

Hakeem Oladimeji Lawal (SDP)

Hon. Hakeem Lawal is a Kwara-Born Politician and Philanthropist, He is a Gubernatorial Aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 Elections.

Hakeem who has touched the lives of many kwarans is the Son of a former civilian governor in the state, Mohammed Lawal.

He is one of the Kwara APC chieftains who recently pitch tent with the Social Democratic Party (SDP). 

Aliyu Ahman Bahago (PDP)

born 31 December 1964 is a Nigerian politician. He is a former member of the federal house of representatives for Edu/Moro/Pategi. 

Bahago who is the son of a former Minister of Health and Agriculture Ahman Pategi, during Ahmadu Bello’s reign is the Pro-Chancellor at Ahman Patigi University.

He is said to be one of the top contenders lobbying for the PDP’s ticket. 

Engr Sunday Babalola (SDP)

Engr. Sunday Babalola is a serial governorship aspirant in the state. He ran under PDP and APC. He is an indigene of Omu-Aran, Irepodun local government area of Kwara South Senatorial District of the state. 

Professor Muhammed Gana Yisa (PDP) 

Prof. Gana is from Patigi local government area of Kwara state, He is a Former deputy speaker of the state assembly and former Nigerian ambassador to Japan. 

Alh. Khaleel Bolaji (SDP) 

Alhaji Khaleel Bolaji is an indigene of Koko village in Ifelodun local government area of Kwara South Senatorial District. He was a former Commissioner under the military and a serial governorship aspirant. He recently dumped the PDP for SDP in the state few weeks back. 

Abdulkadir Tajudeen Audu (SDP) 

Abdulkadir Tajudeen Audu (Makama Lafiagi) is an aspirant during the 2019 exercise, He is an indigene of Kwara north senatorial district of the state from Edu local government. His desire to ensure the people of the area have a taste of power is not hidden. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession.

Arc. Kale Belgore (SDP)

Belgore is the Immediate past Special Advisor and Counselor to the Governor of Kwara state, Mall Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, He is also a former governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP, he is an indigene of Ilorin south local government area of the state. 

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