Ilorin, Kwara state capital, was on Wednesday locked down by scores of All Progressives Congress (APC) women and youth who staged a peaceful rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
The rally which was organized by Making A Different (MAD) for Kwara and Kawu Modibbo Group saw the procession affecting human and vehicular traffic on the popular Muritala Mohammed way, as vehicles were forced to move at snail pace.
The rally started around 9.30 am around the popular Post Office Roundabout in the metropolis and ended at the campaign office of a former APC governorship aspirant Ishaq Modibbo Kawu in Sango area.
In his remark at the event, the state APC Chairman, Hon Bashir Bolarinwa, urged aggrieved members of the party to forget their grievances and work for the success of the party at polls.
Represented by his vice chairman Abdullahi Samari, he said “don’t sell your permanent voters’ cards to them. Your PVC is your power. If they bring money, collect the money. After all it is our money. But don’t vote them.”
Bolarinwa urged other aspirants of the party to emulate the gesture of Kawu.
Speaking on behalf of the groups, wife of Mallam Modibbo, Saadat said: “We are here today to mobilize youth and women in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
“He has been doing a great job in the country and we need to show people what he has been doing.
“The crowd that accompanied us from Post Office to this place is amazing. It is an assurance that Kwarans are ready for the re-election of President Buhari.
“We are also using this medium to empower some of our members. Kwara state is different from other states.
“We have been suffering for so long. People need to be empowered, that is why we are giving out some items to some people today.
“We resolved to show our members a specimen of what a voter’s card looks like so that they know how. In other words, we are embarking on voters’ education, so that they know how to vote on election. Kwarans are ready. We don’t need any message for them and it has started. We will not stop until election days.”
A youth leader, Abdulkarim Popoola said the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice Prof Yemi Osibajo is guaranteed.
According to Popoola: “We are here to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for his walking over in the forthcoming presidential election; because we are very sure that in Kwara state we are going to deliver the state for him.
“We are also assuring the whole world that President Buhari is coming back again. Four plus four is equaled to eight. That is the reason we organized this rally.”