Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ilorin West Local Government have rallied support for the brother of late Hon Magaji Olawoyin, Oba Abdulqadir Magaji to stand as Party Flagbearer for Magaji Ngeri Constituency ahead of March 2023 House of Assembly election.
The APC has fixed Saturday, January 21, 2023, for the conduct of a fresh primary election to pick a replacement for the deceased Hon. Magaji Olawoyin in line with the electoral act which stipulates the replacement of candidates in the eventuality of death within 14 days.
Olawoyin who died on January 9, 2023, was until his death the Leader of the 9th Kwara State House of Assembly and candidate of the APC for Magaji Ngeri constituency for the March 11, House of Assembly election.
A credible source said “Ilorin West APC stakeholders committee chaired by Barr. Kunle Suleiman, with Hajia Bilikisu Ebira, Engr. Hassan Laro, Alhaji Faari Babtunde, Mrs. Toyin Balogun, Mr. Abdullahi Baboko, Iya Lamule, Alhaja Ayo Agbabiaka, Ibrahim Kale Jimoh among others, sat and convened a candidate selection committee saddled with the responsibility of screening and recommending a replacement for Olawoyin”.
“The committee which was chaired by Hon. Soliu Bamidele Aluko had Baba Eleyin as Secretary while Alhaji Ibraheem, Alhaji Kawu Fada and Wonder as members respectively.
“The committee on compassionate grounds unanimously recommended the younger brother of the deceased Barr. Abdulkadir Mogaji Olawoyin, as the consensus candidate to replace his brother as the flag bearer of the party, a recommendation which was signed by 4 out of the 5 members of the committee,” the source added.
Oba Abdulqadir Magaji was born on March 15, 1969. He holds a degree in Law from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and was called to bar in 2000.
He is the Managing Partner of Magaji Gari & co chamber and notary public of the Supreme Court.
Oba Abdulqadir Magaji is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria and Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
It was gathered that majority of the stakeholders agree with the recommendation but insist on formalizing the decision through primary election inline with provisions of new electoral act.
Another source hinted that the unanimous decision to field Olawoyin’s brother did not go down well with some minority section of the Barr. Kunle Suleiman-chaired stakeholders.
Meanwhile, Kwara APC has released modalities to follow towards ensuring a rancor-free selection process. The party directed all aspirants to pay expression of interest form fees into the National Party (APC)’s Bank account and submit the evidence of payment to the state Party Secretariat to pick nomination forms.