There is an intense battle of wit within the two dominant parties in Kwara Central at the moment. So far, it’s a healthy rivalry and the electorates seem to be the ultimate beneficiaries of it.
While the APC is deploying all human and material resources to position itself strategically as the party to beat in the 2023 elections, the PDP is no one to be outshone.
This silent battle came to the fore yet again in Alanamu where a midnight inferno ravaged a section of the lockup shops at the ancient Alanamu Market in Ilorin West Local Government Area.
While the APC, led prominently by the state Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the Turaki of Ilorin, Mallam Saliu Mustapha, who’s also the Kwara Central Senatorial District candidate were the early callers at the market, and made commendable interventions, the PDP’s presence was hardly felt beyond the lethargic press statements and visit by its Senatorial candidate for the Kwara Central District, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.
From a pundit point of view, it’s crystal clear that the APC played their cards well and fast on the Alanamu saga. The smart move to reconstruct the burnt market by the Turaki, the APC Senatorial candidate and start it within 24 hours of its announcement sealed it for the APC.
Alanamu is the largest voting bloc in Ilorin West Local Government. It is arguably also the largest in the whole of Kwara state. So, it’s seemingly strategic for the APC to have used the market fire incidence to maximum political advantage. Anyone that argues otherwise is merely a novice in the art of politics.
The APC has won this round. The present atmosphere in Alanamu is enough to prove this. Whether the PDP will wake up next time remains to be seen. But whatever it is, we hope the people will continue to be the ultimate beneficiaries of the emergent political rivalry.
Lanre Balogun Dahiri
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