National Secretary of YPP, Vidiyeno Bamaiyi, and other stakeholders of the party in Ilorin. Photo: AbdulRazaq Bello
The Young Progressives Party, YPP, says that Kwara State is the first state to conduct its ward and Local Government party Congresses.
The National Secretary of YPP, and former deputy speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Vidiyeno Bamaiyi, made this known while addressing newsmen at the State Secretariate in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The Congress, aside from producing a new set of the local government party executive, played hosts to national and state officers of YPP, an Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, observer and a fresh bigwig defector in the person of Hajia Ramat Oba-Jara, reputed to be an erstwhile staunch supporter of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and an associate of former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.
At the end of the Congress, new leaders of the party at local government emerged by consensus arrangement as stipulated by the new electoral law recently signed by President Mohammadu Buhari.
Some of the new party leaders at the local government level are Isiaka Salman as Chairman, Ibrahim Muritala as his deputy, Abdulazeez Ahmad as Secretary, Mohammed Ahmad as Financial secretary while Toyin Jaguman emerged as the woman leader of YPP at the Ilorin South Local Government level.
Explaining the details of the Congresses, Bamaiyi said that the Kwara chapter of the YPP is the first to hold its congresses in all 36 states of the Federation and the FCT.
“It is so because Kwara is the most prepared to do so.
“Others will soon follow; maybe in the month of April and May, you will see more congresses in the states.
“Kwara state is more prepared than others and they have indicated their interest to do their Congress long before now.
“In fact, they indicated their interest since last year,” he said.
He further added that congresses are held simultaneously in all 16 local government areas of the state.
“The one you just witnessed at the state party Secretariate is for Ilorin South.
“Other local governments are also holding theirs.
“So we have people who are moving around and giving us feedback on what is happening there.
“INEC is also present at all these localities, we have received reports of other congresses who have concluded even long before this one.
“The report also shows that there were large turnout and peaceful conduct of the election,” he added.
Speaking about her presence at the Congress, Hajia Rahmat Oba-Jara, said she and her followers are tired of PDP.
“Our coming to YPP portends a lot of things, we want our people to live a new life. We are leaders of today and not tomorrow.
She was also full of eulogy for Mallam Yakubu Gobir, believed to be nursing a governorship aspiration under the party.
Alhaja Rahmat Oba-Ajara is believed to be a nursing ambition to be in the House of Representatives under the YPP banner.
Reporting by AbdulRazaq Bello; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino