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Kwara 2019: Mohammed Lawal’s Son Joins Governorship Race

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Son of a late former governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Akeem Lawal, has declared his intention to contest in the 2019 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking when he was received by his supporters on arrival in Ilorin, the son of governor Mohammed Lawal said his intention to run was a call to service.
The governorship aspirant, who said Kwara State could only be taken to a greater level of development with ideas from the youth, added that he was prepared to inject youthful energy and ideas that would change the fortunes of the state.
In the April 1999 elections Akeem’s father, Mohammed Lawal was elected governor of Kwara State under the umbrella of the (APP). He was said to be a protégé of Senator Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki. Saraki later moved to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with his daughter Gbemisola who had also contested and won the federal house of representatives election in 1999.

In 2003 Olusola Saraki backed his son Bukola Saraki as candidate for governor of Kwara state and his daughter Gbemisola Saraki as senator for Kwara Central, both of whom were elected.The Saraki siblings spent 2 terms (8 years) in office.
In 2011 the elder Saraki and his son Bukola had a “political clash” as Olusola wanted his eldest daughter who by then had been a federal lawmaker for 12 years to replace his first born Bukola as Kwara governor while Bukola backed his finance commisioner (Abdufattah Ahmed). Bukola won the political battle against his own father and sister. Ahmed is rounding up his 2nd term in office while Gbemisola is expected to publicly declare her intention to run any moment from now. So we are likely going to have a Gbemi vs Ahmed primaries in the APC

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