Kwara Governor-elect AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday said he would run an all-inclusive government that would embrace everybody in the state, including members of the opposition.
“This state belongs to all. We don’t see anybody as opposition. It is Kwara for all. All hands must be on deck (to rebuild the state). This is a poor state and a lot of work has to be done. We will embrace everybody,”
Alhaji AbdulRazaq said in Ilorin, the state capital, at a ceremony where he received his certificate of return as the Governor-elect.
He said the new administration has a lot of work to do to get the state back on its feet, calling on all Kwarans to support his government once he is inaugurated in the coming months.
“When you record a winning margin of 75% as we did, it means that even those on the side of PDP voted for us. So we are going to ensure that we all work together. We are not going to label anybody. There are good people on the other side too,” he said.
“Our members will also be taken care of and our priority will be to rebuild our state. We need to get everyone together for the task ahead and move our state forward….We have a big task ahead of us but we will surmount the challenges ahead by the grace of God. Once again, we thank everyone who took part in the elections — either as officials or as voters.”
AbdulRazaq also commended the electoral body, the security agencies and the voters for their patriotic roles while the exercise lasted.
He rated the elections in Kwara as the most peaceful and orderly, commending the security agencies for checkmating thuggery and potential violence in the state.
“I like to thank the INEC for providing a level playing field for all in the election. The election in Kwara was the best I have ever seen so far. The INEC was fair to all. I remember that we had many complaints but at the end of the day they were fair to all,” Alhaji AbdulRazaq said.
“As for the security agencies, I’m lost for words. This is the first election in this republic that no shot was fired by thugs and hooligans. We now see that with the right support, the security agencies can deliver on their mandate. When we are sworn in, we’ll give the right support to the security agencies to make sure that the state is secure. If you have a secure environment, you will have the right kind of investments. We’ll make sure things are done properly.”