A member of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Razak Atunwa has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), beating former governor, Se. Sha’aba Lafiagi.
Atunwa who is the Chairman of House Committee on Justice polled 1,555 votes to defeat Lafiagi who scored 578 votes.
Atunwa is from Asa local government area in Kwara Central while Lafiagi is from Edu local government in Kwara North.
Before the commencement of voting by the accredited 2,227 delegates from the 193 wards in the state, nine out of the 11 aspirants that signified interest in the contest announced their withdrawal from the race.
Those that withdrew from the contest were the Speaker of the Kwara state House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, Alhaji Saka Isau, (SAN), Alhaji Ladi Hassan, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, Hon. Ahman Pategi, Alhaji Mohammed Ajia Ibrahim, Prof. Sulaiman Abubakar, and Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.
The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who explained that the nine aspirants withdrew from the race because of the party’s interest, thanked them for their act of magnanimity.
The governor also thanked the state’s political leader and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for his wise counseling and purposeful leadership which, he said, had kept members of the PDP united in the state.