YPP candidate steps down for Kwara gov

Waziri Yakubu Gobir, the Young Progressives Party governorship candidate, has officially stepped down in favor of Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. 

He claimed that his action was in the best interests of the state. 

Gobir said in a statement issued after a brief meeting with the governor on Thursday that he had extensive discussions with AbdulRazaq over the past few weeks about how to move the state forward. 

According to him, it has become clear that forging alliances and combining ideologies is the best way to achieve the goal we have set for ourselves. 

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"To that end, the Young Progressives Party hereby endorses the incumbent Governor and All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, in the upcoming gubernatorial election," the statement reads in part.

"I assure you that this decision was not taken lightly. It was made after weeks of deliberation and a final concession that the incumbent Governor (the State of Kwara) consider some of the policies outlined in my manifesto alongside his equally well-intentioned 10-year Sustainable Development Plan (2021-2030). 

"This ensures that, although I will be conceding my place in the gubernatorial race, the action plan that I feel addresses the peculiar needs of some 2,764 communities, 193 wards and 16 Local Government Areas in Kwara gets fused into the implementation of the Governor's Development Plan. 

"Further to this agreement, it is understood that the Governor, if elected, will form a government that accommodates allies, including members of our own party. 

"My fellow Kwarans, a new dawn is upon us, not just for our beloved state but for our nation as well. With our backing for Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq and President-Elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we are confident that Nigeria is about to embark on a journey of Renewed Hope." 

Gobir's move comes just 24 hours after Wahab Issa, the People Democratic Party's House of Representatives candidate in the February 25 election, and other top PDP figures defected to the ruling APC.

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