Top Kwara North monarch, Emir of Yashikira Alhaji Umar Sariki Usman has endorsed the candidacy of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for a second term, noting, “we’re with you for the next six years.”
The endorsement is coming weeks after the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Okikiola Esuwoye II, a top monarch in Kwara South made similar declaration at the unveiling of the Abdullahi Abdulmajeed Foundation in Offa.
The Emir of Yashikira said the outstanding performance, humility, and respect of Governor AbdulRazaq for the traditional institutions and culture have earned him widespread acceptance among the people and a right of first refusal if he chooses to run for another term in 2023.
Addressing crowds of Yashikira sons and daughters when the Governor led his entourage to the 10th anniversary of the coronation of the Emir, the traditional ruler asserted that AbdulRazaq has in the last two years fully identified himself with the masses’ aspirations and executed several laudable projects across the state, including in Baruten local government.
“We are aware of what you have been doing to make sure that we have not only potable water but water for irrigation by making sure that the earth dam in our area is well constructed. We thank you also for ensuring the provision of alternative energy source with the installation of solar panels in different places pending the time the ongoing installation of electricity poles from Ilesha-baruba to Okuta to Boriya will get to Yashikra. It is what we can see. We thank you very much.
“I want to also thank you for the support you are giving to the traditional council of Kwara State by allowing us to function properly and without backing down orders or dividing us. I want to assure you that our people of Kaiama and Baruten are supporting your government. Whatever you decide we shall support you because we know that you are serving us. You will continue to serve us positively for the next six years, God willing.”
The Governor, for his part, commended the traditional institutions in the state for their support for the administration especially in the area of security of lives and properties.
He specifically congratulated the Emir of Yashikira for what he has achieved since he assumed the throne of his forebears.
The Governor attended the colourful event in the company of Senator Sadiq Umar (Kwara North); Speaker Yakubu Salihu Danladi; Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development Arch. Muhammed Saifudeen; Kwara APC caretaker chairman Alhaji Abdullahi Samari Abubakar; and other top government functionaries.