Youth leaders in the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Kwara State have alleged that the activities of a group within the party popularly known as ‘Efura’ is pitching party members, particularly those from Kwara Central and North against one another.
The youth leaders, in a letter addressed to the Chairman of the party in the State, Engr. Kola Shittu, said it was reacting to the “provocation being promoted by some individuals under the platform of ‘Efura Group’ and some concerned youths in the Kwara Central in the guise of supporting the Kwara North 2023 governorship ambition.”
The letter, which was jointly signed by the youth leaders of the four local government areas that constitute the Kwara Central senatorial district (Abubakar Bolakale Okoh, Ilorin West; Saadu Abdulwasiu, Asa; Rasaq Aremu, Ilorin South; and Sheu Saheed Olesin, Ilorin East) also said that Efura and its backers are inciting the Kwara North against the Central part of the State over the issue of the 2023 governorship, noting that such actions are suspicious considering that both Kwara North and Central have been “traditionally and politically brothers of each other.”
The letter, which was copied to the Kwara Central Senatorial Chairman of the PDP in Kwara, Alhaji Jimoh Adeshina; the party State youth leader, Prince Haliru Dan’Iya Kiaima and Kwara Central Senatorial Youth Leader, Comr. Issa Abdulhamid reads: “Sir, we believe that as both the Kwara North Central and South have shared and been enjoying strong history of cordial relationship based on mutual respect, the issue of which zone to produce the governorship candidate comes 2023 is one that can be discuss and settle at the party level in conjunction with the leaders of the party and not just within the smaller set of people. It is not in the place of some individuals to take it upon themselves and started acting in ways that will widen the gap within a party that is pursuing Reconciliation and Mobilization.
“Sir, we the Party Youth Leaders of Kwara Central are not happy with the divisive and inciting activities of this set of individuals especially as it relates to the issue of 2023 governorship contest within the PDP, as we believe that it’s not yet time to be engaging on such issue, what matter most now, is how we can have back and deliver our individual polling units.
“It won’t breed anything good if we continue to use this strategy against each other in connivance with whosoever is our backer(s).
“Moreover on this matter of 2023 governorship, we are of the strong opinion that it is purely a matter between the Kwarans. At the most appropriate time, those at the grassroot and the leadership of the party will come to an agreement on the issue, and which we insha Allah believe will be totally accepted by the good people of the State. But it is completely not in the interest of unity of our party (PDP) for any individual or group of people to take up the role of fighters for zoning and in the process to pitch the party members against each other.
“Essentially, it is shortsightedness for anyone to even start promoting zoning in Kwara PDP which needs to put her best legs forward in the next election, so that we won’t make the mistake made by the current administration of APC in the state in choosing our Party gubernatorial flag bearer.
“When it is time to field a candidate in 2023, we would together recommend to put forward the most competent individual with track record of antecedents and commitments who can convince the people of our intention to deliver the dividends of democracy. We say the present government is clueless, so we cannot start talking of adopting a strategy that would limit our options.
“Sir, the majority of Kwara youths are strongly appealing to you to use your good office to prevail on this issue, in line with the ongoing Reconciliation within the PDP members in the State, we do not need any group of people to create crisis by getting involved in a matter that does not have any direct bearing on them.
“Sir, we are by this letter appealing to you to engage with the PDP leadership in Kwara State to prevail on these people to desist from their provocative activities against Party members in the State. As we believe divided house will take us to no where. Unity can only win us elections, divided has nothing than failure.
“If an Oba and Emir can deem it fit to support the Second term agenda of this clueless and tyranny administration in the State, we believe we need nothing than Unity, Togetherness and Brotherhood.
“We trust that you will do all that is necessary and within your powers to address our concerns.
“With all these we plead to every faithful Party (PDP) members who might in one way or another feel sad about the issues to have patience and don’t be distracted, let us all tight our belt and buckle up our shoes and start the Victorious race of 2023 with the ambitions of Kwarans and our party.”