2023: Kwara central senatorial seat and the Omoluabi advantages

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On Sunday, the 30th of October 2022, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, PDP senatorial candidate for Kwara central senatorial seat took part in a solidarity rally organized by his supporters from his political ward (Ubandawaki) in Ilorin West local government area of the state.

Leadership is a job that requires the practitioners to have, as tools, the local understanding, the right exposure, and the technical ability to marry the two together in a bid to solve the variety of problems facing the society. This, I believe is the Omoluabi advantage in the contest for the Kwara Central senatorial seat.

The rally began at Pakata roundabout, the choice of Pakata is significant and can only be understood by those who understand the community and her heritage. If you know Ilorin, Pakata should ring some bells.

We proceeded to the palace of the Alangua of Ubandawaki, who warmly received us. The district head noted the contributions of Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi to the completion of the palace over a decade ago. This is very significant, as it answers numerous rhetorical questions of the naysayers who are hell-bent on turning history upside down and redefining philanthropism.

While I do not want to dwell more on his contributions, may I refer those who wish to know to the community for inquiries. Like I have noted in a session I participated in, it might take more than a decade for those they are comparing Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi with, in term of philanthropism, to match him. It doesn’t start in 2019 and won’t end in 2023. As far as human exists, his contributions to humanity will continue.

Against the planned map as drawn by the organisers, which intended for the procession to go through the main roads, Mallam twisted the movement and decided to go through the inner parts of the community.

He grew up in the community, schooled in the community, and hawked goods in the community, hence the knowledge of the route as though he still lives within them.

As we move from the Alangua’s palace, we had a stopover at Aladire compound to pay homage to an elder in the community. We continued the journey through Ile Alfa, en route Adafila compound to Ile Ganma, then Elefo compound, and Ile Pekan. We then came out at Ile Baba oyo in Anifowoshe.

In Anifowoshe, we paid homage to the family of that renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Alaye. In solidarity, we branched the office of the Nation Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on the street and ended up in the warm arms of Mallam’s family at Alapo compound in Anifowoshe.

Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi was all smiling as he led the pack, the movement must have triggered some memories. As we move through these paths, one thing that was quite surprising to me was Omoluabi’s understanding and the attachment to the routes, signifying his knowledge of the behavioral pattern of the community and the traditional heritage, a key requirement in leadership.

Mallam is vying for the position which has representation as one of its core responsibilities, understanding the people is thus a very important requirement. This is where I think, for the development of Ilorin, the Kwara central as referred to politically, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi is of advantage.

Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in this election, also has in advantage a career that spans both the private and public sectors, capping it with a stint with a Non-Governmental organization as a director of programs. Needless to say, the activities of the Nigeria Senate revolve around these three. With his experiences, isn’t that an advantage in the measurement of deliverables?

Mallam, whether you agreed or not, is a man of BIG IDEAS that has, in turn, bring dividends in BIG IMPACT. However, on Sunday, the 30th of October 2022, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi demonstrated his physical strength, thus signifying his readiness for the job.

I am saying for Kwara Central senatorial seat, Think Omoluabi.

Tajudeen Habeeb writes from Ilorin.

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