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No second term for non-performing political office holders - Saraki

Wednesday, March 3 , 2010

Dr. Bukola Saraki
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Kwara State Governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has declared that non-performing council bosses, state House of Assembly members and other elected officers would not be given second term tickets. He made the declaration at a meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the state in Ilorin, saying there was a benchmark for gaining second term ticket in the state.

According to the governor, 'there is a reward for everything, so anybody that feels he has not performed up to expectation should not worry him or herself because that is the law. But those who know by themselves that they have performed should rest, assured that their second term is certain if they show interest.'

He said any of the current political office holders seeking re-election should give account of his stewardship, saying that screening for elective offices in the state would be very tough.

Said he: 'We are going to be transparent as much as possible as everybody would be represented in the screening exercise.

'The issue of lobbying, connection and sycophancy will not be yardstick for the appointment for elective offices.

'We are going to be strict and careful in our selection and screening.'

Dr Saraki used the forum to clear the air on the rumour making the rounds in some quarters in the state about alleged frosty relationship between him and his father, Dr Olusola Saraki.

He blamed mischief makers looking for positions as the brain behind such rumour, saying as father and son, their relation is as cordial as ever.

In his words: 'I'm not surprised hearing the news because I know those people want to score a political goal for selfish interest. Also, I am ready to ensure that nobody causes problem in our family and by the way, there is no loophole for them to capitalize on.