SPEECH BY HON ALIYU BAHAGO AHMAN-PATEGI TO DECLARE HIS INTENTION TO RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR, KWARA STATE IN THE COMING FEBRUARY 2019 ELECTIONS UNDER THE PLATFORM OF THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP)

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful, I Aliyu Bahago Ahman Pategi, after due supplications to the Almighty, with all humility, pursuant to the apparent will of the people, hereby declare my intention to contest the office of Governor of our dear state, Kwara, in the forth coming elections of February 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Although there have been a myriad of declarations to contest the office of governor, you will agree with me that this is a very weighty decision that requires a lot of deep introspection and wide consultations. For these reasons I have delayed my decision and subsequent announcement until now.

Before reaching this decision, I have sought the opinion of political leaders, traditional authorities, community elders, women’s groups and the youth, and I am convinced that with my pedigree and experience in public service, I have a lot to offer in realising the developmental aspirations of the state.

If I secure the mandate, I will put the People first. My program will put a lot of focus in Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Education, Employment, Women and Youth development as well as Infrastructural Development and Maintenance. To realise these core objectives, my administration will employ innovative and efficient protocols which will ensure effective delivery of these services to the people. The Civil Service will be well positioned to deliver on our mandate while committing to and ensuring even development throughout the state.

My fellow Kwarans, this state has great potentials as a strategic and geographically positioned state blessed with vast arable land and mineral resources which are capable of lifting the fortunes of all its citizens to comparable levels with the few rich states in Nigeria. The state is also blessed with a huge pool of talented youth who will no doubt form the backbone of our drive to pilot the state into great and sustainable prosperity. The time has come, therefore, for us all to join hands to realise these potentials.

I thank you all for coming.

HON ALIYU BAHAGO AHMAN-PATEGI

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