Ahead of the primaries of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, a Pressure Group, the coalition of Kwara North Group on Friday staged a peaceful rally across the commercial areas of Ilorin metropolis.

The group is demanding for a power shift to Kwara North Senatorial District during the 2019 governorship election.

The group, which spread across all the local government areas of the region namely, Moro, Baruteen, Edu, Patigi, and Kaiama, were joined in the rally by their Kwara South counterpart in solidarity for their demands, asking all the political parties participating in the 2019 governorship election in the state to pick their candidates from the region.

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The rally tagged "Gaskiya Rally" started from the Kwara State Stadium to Surulere-Baboko-Agaka to Emir of Ilorin's Palace, then to Post Office and terminated at the Government House, Ilorin.

About 100 graduates who are Okada riders from Kwara North also joined the rally demanding for justice and fairness for their region.

Addressing journalists, the Coordinator of the Group, Comrade Jerry Kolo, said in the context of the state, the three senatorial districts had the moral right to occupy the coveted seat, pointing out that the Central region had enjoyed the position for 12 years while the South are currently occupying the position for a period of eight years.

On this ground, they demanded that it should be zoned to the governorship ticket to the North to produce the next governor next year.

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According to him, "as a mere function of justice, equity and fairness, we are asking that the North should produce the next governor.

"It is morally right to zone the governorship ticket to Kwara North.

"So, what we're saying is that any political party irrespective of any platform participating in the 2019 governorship election in Kwara State should pick its candidates from Kwara North.

"We will be matching to the Palace of the Emir of Ilorin, where we will make our demands known to the Emir and move to the Government House to meet the Governor," he said.

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Comrade Kolo, said the northern region is blessed with sons and daughters that were blessed and morally sound to be the Governor, even the President.

On the primaries of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party scheduled for Sunday, the Coordinator of the Group, said he believed that the two parties would pick their candidates from the region.

Should their demand be ignored, there is a consequence which they had announced earlier.  

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The Pressure Group had warned that the people of the Kwara North Senatorial district would boycott 2019 governorship election in the state if the coveted seat is not shifted to the North.

The group said it had the backing of all the traditional rulers from the five local government areas that made up the senatorial district, elders, women and different segments of youths of the area, saying that it is time for all registered political parties to adopt aspirants from the area as their flag bearers.

Kwara North Youths

It also cautioned that if political parties refused to pick non-Kwara North aspirants as their flag bearer, the people of the area would block access to political campaign in the axis.

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