Kwara-born business mogul and stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Hon. Mashood Mustapha (MM) has disclosed his future political plans.
Speaking with newsmen in his GRA Ilorin residence after a prayer organized to mark his 60th birthday, MM disclosed that he will no longer vie for any political position.
He said, “Let’s take a back seat and support the young ones and stay in the background to guide them. I want to be a community leader. By the time I am 70, I want to retire to Ilorin.
“I will not seek any political office. I want us to re-engineer the entire process so we all work together for the interest of our state irrespective of political affiliations.”
Responding to a question on why politicians from different political parties attended his 60th birthday prayer, MM said, “I am a man of the people, I don’t play politics with bitterness. My relationship cuts across party lines. When it comes to political calculation and strategy, we know where we belong, and we know how to work for the success of the party we belong to. But when it comes to relating with ourselves, we must maintain a cordial relationship because those you work against today may be the people you will work with tomorrow”.
He urged Kwarans to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections.
“Vote APC, my party. I told the PDP people that we should support AA for the next 4 years. After that, we can all come together to negotiate. Politics is changing in Kwara just like it should. If we can get through this election and APC wins, after Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq finishes his 2nd term, there must be a realignment of forces.
“We must not create any other monster. AbdulRazaq should not dictate to us; let him finish his term and go peacefully. We will not allow him to install a successor”.
Speaking on his future plans, Mustapha noted, “My plan in life is to have a foundation to take care of the needy, the indigent students, people with health challenges, and those that need to pay certain fines to come out of incarceration in prison”.
MM said he wants to be remembered as a philanthropist, a friend of everybody, someone that live and let live.
“I want to be remembered as someone that came, fought, tried to do his best, conquered within the capacity of what God has given me, and leave a landmark for people to take after,” he stated.