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    Presidential election: 23 elders in Kwara state declare support for Buhari

    - President Muhammadu Buhari has been endorsed by 23 elders in Kwara state ahead of the February 16 presidential election

    - The elders led by Dr Hezekiah Oyedepo, also endorsed the APC governorship candidate in Kwara state, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

    - The disclosure was made in Ilorin on Sunday, February 10, by Dr Oyedepo

    The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, has been endorsed for the forthcoming presidential election by 23 elders in Kwara state led by Dr Hezekiah Oyedepo.

    According to Oyedepo who made the disclosure in Ilorin on Sunday, February 10, the governorship candidate of the party in the state, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, was also endorsed by the 23 elders, Vanguard reports. gathers that the press statement was signed by the 23 elders, including Chief Cornelius Adebayo, Brig Gen Saliu Bello (rtd), Professor Ibrahim Gambari and Engr Simeon Daramola.

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    The statement read: “We hereby declare our support for the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari because we believe he has done well within the socio-economic and political realities of the country and the glaring resistance to positive change by some reactionary elements.

    “We distance ourselves and our people from the greed-driven diatribes and frustrations of a certain political dynasty in Kwara State against the president.

    “In that light, we throw our weight behind the president’s plan to evolve a new political culture where nobody is seen to be above the law or is allowed to continue to trade with public funds as they recently exposed themselves to be doing."

    On the APC governorship candidate in the state, the elders said: “We agree with the candidate that the crises of governance, poverty and youth restiveness and frustrations in Kwara are directly linked to the irresponsible, corrupt and morally-challenged political leadership in the state which holds our people and their culture in utter contempt.

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    “We submit that this endorsement arose from practical analysis of the political space and its realities. We believe that AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq shares our concerns and value system as a people and he would run a government that would reflect the wishes of our people."

    Meanwhile, previously reported that the oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwan Akiolu, said President Muhammadu Buhari is a man of his words and would be victorious in the forthcoming presidential election.

    Akiolu spoke when Buhari and his campaign team visited his palace in Lagos Island on Saturday, February 9, after arriving the state in continuation of the presidential rallies ahead of the February 16 election.

    The traditional leader, who noted that the body of traditional rulers in the state were happy to receive the team, said that they appreciated Buhari’s efforts as a highly respected person in Nigeria.

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