…Says Kwara Central will be least represented if APC wins in Kwara
The senator representing Kwara Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Sen. (Dr) Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe has called on his constituents to consider that opportunities that would accrue to the district would be limited if they vote someone with low educational qualification as a first timer.
Speaking to a large crowd of supporters who thronged out to welcome him during his homecoming on Saturday, Senator Oloriegbe said it was important to continue to seek the best for Ilorin and Kwara Central, disclosing that he would remain in the APC. He, however, cautioned that Kwara Central would be least represented in the Senate if his party wins the 2023 election. The candidate of the APC in the election, Mallam Saliu Mustapha is believed to hold an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) pass certificate, with no prior record of holding any political office other than a stint as the National Vice Chairman of the now defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
According to Senator Oloriegbe, “National Assembly is about ranking. You can’t be Chairman if you are not a ranking senator. I was a chairman of a Senate Committee because of two reasons. One, I was ranked being a former member and a former majority leader of the Kwara State House of Assembly. That was considered. That is why I am in the second floor in the National Assembly, and not in the ground floor like my colleagues who are not ranked from the other senatorial districts.
“Two, because of my antecedents, my qualifications, my capacity that I have demonstrated in my CV, because when you get to the National Assembly, they will ask for your CV. Who are you?”
It would be recalled that in the APC Senatorial primaries conducted on Saturday, 28th May, 2022, Senator Oloriegbe had lost the ticket to Mallam Saliu Mustapha, the Turaki of Ilorin, in an election marred with widespread irregularities, including an alleged selection of delegates by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who is believed to have thwarted Oloriegbe’s return bid.